Your Day in Women’s Basketball, January 8: Covid cancelations piling up in the Big East

A busy end to the week in women’s basketball

Remember when the wubble games got canceled? Neither do I. The logistics of a regular college season are hard enough in a normal year, but Erica Alaya breaks down in her Big East piece the importance of remembering that these are student-athletes. At what point does health and education come before the constant cancellation and risk of playing games during a pandemic?

For now, though, there are sports to talk about. UConn still owns the Big East like they never left, with Olivia Nelson-Odada and Paige Beuckers taking home the player of the week and freshman of the week awards, respectively.

There were a lot of young stars in the conference showing out the passed few games. DePaul freshman Darrione Rogers went for 20 and 10 against the Huskies and then scored 21 off the bench in a win over Villanova.

Georgetown freshman Yasmin Ott has led the team with 18 and 13 points in their last two games, which also happen to be their first two since the Hoyas have already had 5 games postponed or cancelled this season.

Another program with five cancelled games decided to call it quits. Dixie State was just added to Division 1 this season, and will finish their inaugural campaign at 1-2 due to the school’s understandable concern of safely operating a team over the next month. The Trailblazers join Duke and SMU as the only mid-season cancellations.

Duke has still been busy even if its not on the court. Kara Lawson first was able to bring in a highly sought after transfer in Nyah Green from Louisville after the former McDonald’s All-American opted to leave the program. She then got a commitment from Ashlon Jackson, a 2022 guard who is ranked number 22 in the class. Maybe Lawson just wanted a head start on recruiting…

Despite free agency not technically beginning for another few weeks, Rachel Galligan of Winsidr reported that the Connecticut Sun have signed Natisha Heideman. The third year player saw an increased role last season, and doubled her rookie production despite less efficient shooting. She will be a key part of the second unit in Connecticut.

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