After losing at Pittsburgh 70-54 on Monday, Niagara boarded the bus back to campus around 10 p.m. ET. The bus hit the storm around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, and had stopped moving an hour later. As of noon Tuesday, the bus still wasn't moving.
As of Tuesday evening, the team remained on the bus. Niagara's official women's basketball Twitter account stayed active throughout the ordeal with updates as to the bus' precise location.
Niagara athletic director Simon Gray also tweeted his support for the team.
WIVB reports there are no medical emergencies aboard the bus, and that the team has been in contact with friends and family members.
But when asked how their spirits are doing, Director of Basketball Operations Renee Polka said, “I mean, we’ve been stuck on the bus for 9 hours. So you kind of get the gist. There is currently no sign of progress.”
Niagara University is located in Lewiston, N.Y., approximately a four-hour drive from Pittsburgh. The women's basketball team competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and is 0-2 this season. Last season, the Purple Eagles finished 10-20.
- Mike Fiammetta