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UWO coach preaches player safety as Titans cancel third straight game

UW Oshkosh's women's basketball coach says 14 of the team's 18 players have tested positive for COVID in the past week.
Posted at 10:21 PM, Jan 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-12 23:21:27-05

OSHKOSH, Wis. — UW Oshkosh women's basketball canceled its third consecutive game Wednesday amid a COVID-19 outbreak that has impacted more than 75 percent of the team.

Head coach Brad Fischer said 14 of the Titans' 18 players have tested positive in the past week. He also tested positive last week.

The Titans have not played since Wednesday, January 5. Fischer acknowledged some parents and fans have not been happy about the cancellations, but said he has to think of the health and safety of his players first.

"The people that weigh in care about us 25 nights a year," he said. "The other 340 days, they don't think about our women's basketball team."

"For me, 365 days a year I have to think about our team, our players and - to me - our players for the next 50 years and 60 years," he continued. "That's my biggest concern is 'Are we doing anything that puts them in jeopardy in the long-term."

Fischer said that while some players are asymptomatic, others are not. He said it will take the players some time to get back into game shape before the can play, but he is hopeful they can resume their season next Wednesday, January 19.

Fischer said he hopes to make up all three games that have been postponed.