In this March 2019 file photo, University of Maine women's basketball coach Amy Vachon is pictured during an NCAA Tournament game at North Carolina State. The Black Bears are headed to Albany after a home series against Vermont was called off because of COVID-19. Credit: Gene Galin / AP

The COVID-19 pandemic has again thrown a wrench in the schedule for the University of Maine women’s basketball team.

The first-place Black Bears were scheduled to entertain the University of Vermont for a two-game series on Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Gym in Orono, but the games have been postponed.

Instead, UMaine will board the bus bound for New York, where it will take on the University at Albany for a two-game set on Saturday and Sunday.

The America East Conference on Thursday announced that the UMaine-Vermont series was called off after Vermont was deemed unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols.

The Black Bears’ visit to Albany will replace the series originally scheduled to be played there on Feb. 6-7. Both games will tip off at noon.

“As with everything this season, we just pivot and prepare for Albany,” UMaine women’s head basketball coach Amy Vachon said. “We are excited to be playing, it doesn’t matter who it is against.”

The UMaine women are 8-1 overall, 5-1 in America East, while Albany is 2-4 and 1-1, respectively.

Due to COVID-19 postponements, Albany hasn’t played since Dec. 22.

Albany was supposed to play the New Jersey Institute of Technology this weekend but that was changed so NJIT could play Hartford. The Hartford-NJIT series had been scheduled for Jan. 30-31.

The Albany-NJIT series at Newark, New Jersey, will be rescheduled.

The women’s basketball team joins the women’s hockey squad in having to adjust its weekend opponent and venue on the fly. Hockey East on Wednesday announced that UMaine’s scheduled series at Vermont had been postponed because of COVID-19 issues at UVM.

Hockey East was able to schedule a game for the UMaine women at Northeastern at 2 p.m. Sunday in Boston. UMaine is 4-4 while fourth-ranked Northeastern is 4-1-1.

Information on potential makeup dates for the UMaine women’s basketball series with Vermont will be announced at a later date.

Pete Warner

Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...