Maybe the Tennessee Lady Volunteers and the seventh-ranked Texas A&M Aggies just aren’t meant to play this season.
No. 18 Tennessee confirmed on Wednesday that Thursday’s matchup against the No. 24-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs and a previously scrapped contest versus Texas A&M rescheduled for Sunday are both postponed after the Lady Vols recorded one positive COVID-19 test result and completed contact tracing among players, coaches, team managers and support staff. Additionally, the Tennessee women’s basketball program paused all activities.
Coronavirus-related setbacks impacting the Lady Vols prevented them from playing against the Aggies back on Dec. 31.
No makeup dates were included in the brief statement, but governing bodies such as the Southeastern Conference are running out of time to reschedule games before postseason competitions.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Tennessee remains scheduled to play at the No. 15-ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Feb. 11, but the status of that game is up in the air ahead of the weekend.
Previously, Tennessee paused activities because of COVID-19 issues on Dec. 29 but was cleared to return on Jan. 4. A similar timeline would theoretically allow the Lady Vols to compete at Kentucky.
Tennessee smashed the Florida Gators 79-65 last Sunday to improve to 12-3 overall and 6-1 in conference play.