OSU women's basketball pauses team activities, cancels season opener
STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team has paused in-person activities and canceled its season-opening game against Arkansas Little Rock after three Cowgirl players tested positive for COVID-19.
Of the players who tested positive, none reported severe symptoms or were hospitalized, according to an OSU press release.
“We’ll get through this,” Cowgirl coach Jim Littell said, whose team was set to open the regular season on Nov. 25 at Little Rock. “Our first priority is creating a safe environment for the people in our program. If that means we need to alter our schedule, then that’s what we’ll do. We won’t set an exact date for a return to team activities because of the uncertain nature of the virus. Our focus is to make sure that everyone is well taken care of and to do our part to minimize the spread. We’ll figure out the rest later.”
The team can continue to meet virtually, though no in-person work or strength and conditioning training can take place.
Routine surveillance testing for Oklahoma State student-athletes who are not in their competition season is conducted weekly. Current protocol for Oklahoma State student-athletes who test positive is to go into isolation. While in isolation, student-athletes who test positive continue to be supported by and have access to OSU athletics resources and medical staff.
Following the isolation period, each student-athlete undergoes the Big 12 cardiac screening protocol before returning to team activities. After a positive result, contact tracing helps to identify others who may be at risk for exposure. Those who are identified through contact tracing are placed in quarantine.