NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers women's basketball season opener against Monmouth, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed to Friday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. due to COVID-19 testing and protocol, which resulted in a presumptive positive test within the opponent's traveling party.

Another round of COVID-19 testing and protocol will be held the day before and the day of the game on Friday.

The Rutgers Athletics Department released the following statement:

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Rutgers University Department of Athletics, in alignment with COVID-19 testing and protocols for non-conference opponents, has postponed the women's basketball game against Monmouth University scheduled for Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. at the RAC. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and with the welfare of the student-athletes, coaches and event staff in mind after the opponent's most recent testing results.

The decision does not affect the Rutgers men's game at 7 p.m. Wednesday night against Sacred Heart.

Hopes are high for Scarlet Knights heading into the 2020-21 season.

The Scarlet Knights return three starters and six letterwinners, including Big Ten scoring champion and All-American Arella Guirantes, along with Big Ten All-Defensive Team selection Tekia Mack, to a team that went 22-9 last season with unanimous projections for a selection to the NCAA Tournament.

Guirantes has been named the Big Ten Coaches Preseason Co-Player of the Year and is one of 20 players on the watch list for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award for the nation's best shooting guard.

The returners account for 67 percent of last season's points scored and 58 percent of its rebounds.

Beginning her 26th season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights, C. Vivian Stringer enters her 50th year overall as a head basketball coach with 1,041 career wins, which ranks fifth all-time.