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Chattanooga women's basketball coach Katie Burrows directs players during the Mocs' home basketball game against the Paladins at McKenzie Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball program has canceled its first two games of the 2020-21 season due to an undisclosed number of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the program which prompted a two-week quarantine.

"During our routine testing of all members of our program, we had some positive results," UTC head coach Katie Burrows said in a statement. "We are following all of the guidelines for isolation and quarantining, which unfortunately means we will not have enough players available for the first two games.

"I hate that we are missing games, but the health and safety of everyone involved comes first."

The Mocs were scheduled to begin the year on the road on Nov. 25 at Tennessee State, before returning home to face Tennessee Tech on Nov. 29. Now the season opener is Dec. 6 against Alabama-Birmingham, which is scheduled to tip off at 2 at McKenzie Arena.

 

Graduation success

For the first time in school history, UTC's athletics programs achieved a 90% graduation success rate.

Men's cross-country, women's cross-country/track and field, men's golf, soccer, volleyball and both tennis teams had 100% graduation success rates. Softball (95%), women's basketball (92%) and football (85%) topped the national averages, while men's basketball (83%) was right on the national average.

"Our No. 1 goal is to make sure our student-athletes have the support to graduate with a degree from UTC," vice chancellor and athletic director Mark Wharton said in a statement. "They put in a tremendous amount of work to be successful in the classroom and in competition, and our coaches and academic support staff continue to do outstanding work in support of these efforts."

Contact Gene Henley at ghenley@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @genehenley3.

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