Report: Major women's college basketball program opts out of remainder of 2020-21 season
One major women’s college basketball program is calling it a season.
Christmas Day, Stephen Wiseman of HeraldSun.com reported that the Duke women’s basketball team has decided to opt out of the remainder of the 2020-21 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This does not affect the Blue Devils’ men’s basketball program, per the report.
Per Wiseman, the program has been paused since Dec. 16, when two individuals tested positive for the virus.
“The student-athletes on the Duke women’s basketball team have made the difficult decision to conclude their current season due to safety concerns,” said Michael Schoenfeld, the chief communications officer. “We support their decision, as we have supported the choices made by all student-athletes at Duke during this unprecedented time. Duke will maintain our current schedule of competition in other sports and will continue to observe our rigorous health and safety protocols, which include daily testing for all student-athletes and are based on guidance from leading medical experts.”
Duke becomes the first major college program to opt out of the college basketball season in 2020-21. The Blue Devils were 3-1 on the season.