The University of Maine women's basketball team competes against Providence College in November 2021. Credit: Seth Poplaski / UMaine Athletics

The University of Maine women’s basketball team will have the weekend off.

The Black Bears were scheduled to travel to the University of Maryland Baltimore County for a Saturday afternoon game but COVID-19 issues in the UMBC program forced the game to be postponed.

America East will reschedule the game.

The league also announced that UMBC’s game at Binghamton on Monday has been postponed.

It is the second consecutive weekend UMaine has had a game postponed due to COVID-19.

The Black Bears were scheduled to go to Binghamton last Sunday, but COVID-19 issues within the UMaine program forced that game to be postponed.

Since the two schools are 548 miles apart, the league will have them play a pair of games at one site in Vestal, New York, where Binghamton plays its home games, on Feb. 4 and Feb. 6.

The league could elect to do the same thing when UMBC is scheduled to come to Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center for the last regular season game on Feb. 27 and have them play twice there.

However, both have games on the preceding Wednesday.

UMaine is scheduled to play at Albany and UMBC is slated to host Hartford.

The youthful and inconsistent Black Bears, coming off a 60-55 home loss to UMass Lowell in which it shot just 2 for 15 from beyond the 3-point arc after going 15 for 24 in its previous game against New Hampshire, are currently in sixth place in the 10-team league with a 3-3 league mark.

UMaine, which has won three of the last four regular season titles, is 6-10 overall.

UMaine is an uncharacteristic 1-3 at home in league play. The Black Bears have won both of their road games.

UMaine is 2-7 overall in its nine home games, including one apiece in Orono and Augusta, after going 88-18 at home over the previous eight seasons.

UMBC is in last place at 0-4 and is 1-13 overall.

UMaine is next scheduled to play at New Hampshire on Wednesday at 6 p.m. UMaine beat UNH 77-51 on Jan. 13.

The Black Bears will return to the Cross Insurance Center a week from Sunday when it hosts Vermont at 1 p.m.