March 11, 2020. That was the last time a team representing the Capital Region played in a team sport at either the collegiate or professional level. The Siena Saints men's basketball team defeated Manhattan 63-49 in the MAAC basketball tournament. Even the most recent event had the Saints in isolation following the game

The Capital Region is in the discussion as one of the largest sports cities effected by COVID-19 when the topic relates to sports competition. In this market rankings scale the Albany/Schenectady/Troy ranks as one of the largest cities to have waited this long without an event. Cities like West Palm Beach and Hartford have had events occur within one hour of their city. The closest sporting event that took place to Albany may have been a Syracuse basketball game from earlier this month inside the Carrier Dome, nearly two full hours west.

This past Thursday on Levack and Goz, the guys were joined by Siena Saints women's basketball Coach Ali Jaques. How has the COVID-19 pandemic effected the program? Have the players been able to even practice leading up until the season opener? What types of challenges has this season posed to Coach and her staff when it comes to recruiting the following season?

To listen to the complete interview with Coach Ali Jaques, click on the interview link below later this afternoon.

Coach Jaques and her Saints are scheduled to tip off tonight against the Fairfield Stags at 7pm. The UAlbany women's basketball team is scheduled to take on the Hofstra Pride in Hempstead. Tip off is scheduled for 3pm.

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