Duke & Other WBB Season Cancellations

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Kara Lawson's first season was a short one:


The Duke women's basketball team has ended its season amid the coronavirus pandemic, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The men's team planned to keep playing.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the school has not publicly announced the decision.

The women's basketball team has been on pause since Dec. 16 because of two positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the program's travel party. The Blue Devils (3-1) postponed games against Miami, N.C. State and UNC Wilmington. The team's next scheduled contest was against Louisville on Thursday.
 

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More on the Duke player's decision to cancel remainder of season.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- The mother of a Duke women's basketball player says she's proud of the team's willingness to sacrifice its own season to show the world the importance of COVID-19 health and safety.

This comes days after the team announced it was opting out of the rest of the season due to COVID-19 concerns.

"When they were talking to me about COVID they were talking about a social responsibility for your country, for other players," said Michelle Goodchild. "They aren't just looking at the student-athletes. They've got a bigger vision. They're looking at how to protect Durham, the greater Duke community and beyond.
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"I know that Miela was tested daily," she said. "They just had no cases, felt very confident. They would travel and I can't say what was happening at other universities, but they were put in a position and it was compromised."
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She also added that if the league came up with a bubble format or stricter precautions she thinks the team would agree to resume the season.
 

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SMU players cancel remainder of season

DALLAS (SMU) – The SMU women's basketball team has decided to not play the remainder of the 2020-21 season due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Potential virus-related issues including the possibility of isolation, quarantine and season disruptions resulted in a decision by the student-athletes to opt out of the 2020-21 season. While all agreed that SMU had taken all possible steps and precautions to keep them healthy and safe, ultimately the women decided that the totality of the circumstances was resulting in an in-season experience that they did not wish to prolong.

"This was not a decision our student-athletes took lightly," said Rick Hart, SMU Director of Athletics. "It was a difficult decision for them to make. That said, we support them, as we have supported the choices of our student-athletes in all sports whether they have elected to compete or to opt out. Our priority is their health, safety and wellbeing. We look forward to our women's basketball program resuming competition in 2021-22."
 

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ESPN's Mechelle Voepel writes about the cancellation of Duke's season:

The Duke women's basketball team announced on Dec. 25 that it was canceling the rest of its 2020-21 season because of COVID-19 concerns. But questions remain about how the program made that decision and what's next for it and its players, especially since neither first-year coach Kara Lawson nor anyone from the athletic department has publicly addressed the decision.
 

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Pretty cool move by Duke, and SMU WBB as well as other conferences, to shut down for the year. Never easy but the right move.
 

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Virginia ends season.

Virginia's women's basketball program became the second ACC team to cancel its season because of COVID-19 issues, making the announcement on Thursday.

Duke canceled its season on Dec. 25. So far, they are the only teams on the men's or women's side from a Power 5 conference to end their seasons early.

The Cavaliers are 0-5 and haven't played since a 69-51 loss at Florida State on Dec. 13. The program went on pause Dec. 19.

In a statement, Virginia said it will maintain the current competition schedules for its other varsity sports programs and keep adhering to ACC health and safety protocols.

"We have the pleasure of coaching a very resilient group of young women who have fought through injuries, a strict COVID-19 protocol, and all the mental battles that come with it," Virginia coach Tina Thompson said. "So the decision to end our season mid-stream comes with great difficulty. As difficult as it is to end our season in this manner, it is a necessary one. The health and safety of our student-athletes will always be the No. 1 priority. We will continue to focus on their overall well-being and prepare to resume competition in the fall."

Thompson, a four-time WNBA champion as a player, is in her third season at Virginia, which was her first head-coaching job. She previously was an assistant for three seasons at Texas.
 

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San Jose State cancels remainder of season.

San José, Calif. -
The San José State women's basketball program will not play the remainder of the 2020-21 season due to health and safety concerns stemming from COVID-19.

"This was an incredibly tough decision, but one that is in the best interest of the health and safety for our program's student-athletes, coaches and staff," says Athletics Director Marie Tuite. "San José State will maintain its current schedule of competition in other sports while continuing to implement the athletics department's health and safety protocols. We look forward to watching the continued and exciting growth of our women's basketball program in the 2021-22 season."

Due to Santa Clara County guidelines regarding intercollegiate athletics, SJSU relocated its day-to-day operations to Phoenix, Arizona, on December 17, 2020.

Members of the women's basketball program will begin their mandatory 10-day quarantine, as outlined by Santa Clara County's travel directive, upon their return to San José. Individuals that are currently in quarantine or isolation will remain in Arizona. They will not return to San José until completion of the quarantine or isolation
 

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Vanderbilt cancels remainder of season:

Due to a combination of COVID-19 related circumstances, opt-outs and injuries, the Vanderbilt women’s basketball program has elected not to continue the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

“We fully support and respect the decision of our student-athletes. Their health, safety and well-being have always been, and will continue to be, a top priority,” said Candice Lee, Vanderbilt’s Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director. “We know that this was a tough call for them, in a year full of tough calls, and a disappointing outcome for the student-athletes and the program.”

“As a staff we have and will always prioritize the health and safety our student-athletes,” Vanderbilt head coach Stephanie White said. “We are coaching a group of young women who have been resilient in dealing with opt-outs, injuries, COVID-19 protocols as well as the physical, mental and emotional toll that comes with COVID-19. We respect our student-athletes’ decision and support them as we continue to move forward.”

Vanderbilt finished the 2020-21 season 4-4 overall and 0-3 against SEC opponents
 
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