Dallas Pro Athlete Coming Out Of Quarantine

Barbara Schwarz
March 26, 2020 - 5:45 am
Basketball

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Like many women in the WNBA, Isabelle Harrison plays basketball overseas in the off-season. 

The 6'3 frontcourt player was with Virtus Segafredo Bologna in the northern part of Italy, a part of the coronavirus ravaged country hit particularity hard by the virus.  She and her team flew to southern Italy only to see the game cancelled.  Another game was called off three hours ahead of tip off.

She says the country was shut down in a span of three weeks.

We had a game against San Martino and they canceled the game three hours beforehand because there were 20 new cases in the city and they didn't want anyone coming into Bologna."  That was in February.

The next week they were set to play a game in the South of Italy.   The next morning the game was canceled.  Then they learned a part of the city was closing down.  We couldn't get a flight that night but we were able to fly back the next morning. 

Then more games were called off.  She says at practice "when we would go into the gym we would have to take off our outside clothes and change inside and wash our hands and practice.  After practice we would have to put our stuff in a bag and it was like wow, this is really serious."

She says getting home felt crazy.  "On Wednesday night, when Trump made the announcement about travelers being banned, it freaked a lot of American players out. A lot of people were asking can we even go home?  And if were going to be stuck, we have to be stuck in a country we're not even from. Who knows when this is going to be over."

She got out on March 13th.  "The team wasn't going to pay for this, so you have to decide your health or just sitting around waiting in a country that is just so ravished.  My anxiety was so high."

She says the Wings GM has been in touch with her and other players throughout this ordeal.   "I want people to understand the seriousness of staying inside, not necessarily for themselves but for the healthcare workers."

She hopes the WNBA can start on time but thinks the league is taking things day by day.