Iowa Women's Basketball

Iowa women's basketball game at Maryland postponed because of inauguration

Hawkeyes' game against Rutgers also off due to COVID-19

Players come off the court for a timeout in the fourth quarter at an Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball game with the Purd
Players come off the court for a timeout in the fourth quarter at an Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball game with the Purdue Boilermakers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Iowa won the game, 87-81. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The women’s basketball game between No. 7 Maryland and Iowa, scheduled for Thursday night, has been postponed because the Hawkeyes don’t want to travel with the inauguration being held one day earlier.

Iowa was scheduled to fly into Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Wednesday night. But Maryland posted news of the postponement on Tuesday night, noting, “Out of caution due to Wednesday’s inauguration activities in Washington, D.C., Iowa made the decision to not travel to Maryland.”

Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was being held amid unprecedented security measures after a violent mob supporting President Donald Trump invaded the U.S Capitol two weeks ago.

Iowa’s decision was supported by the Big Ten Conference. No makeup date was immediately announced.

It’s the second postponement of the week for Iowa (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten), which put off Sunday’s game against Rutgers due to COVID-19 issues with the Scarlet Knights.

The Hawkeyes are next scheduled to host Northwestern on Thursday, Jan. 28.

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