Duke women end basketball season amid virus
The Duke women's basketball team ended their season on Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"The student athletes on the Duke women's basketball team made the difficult decision to end their current season for safety reasons," said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president of public affairs & government relations and chief communications officer of Duke University.
“We support their decision because we have supported the decisions of all the student athletes at Duke during this unprecedented time. Duke will maintain our current competition schedule for other sports and continue to adhere to our strict health and safety protocols, which include daily testing for all student athletes, based on the instructions of leading medical experts. "
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The men's basketball team wanted to keep playing.
The women's basketball team has been on hiatus since December 16 because of two positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the program's travel group. The Blue Devils (3-1) won the games against Miami, N.C. State and UNC Wilmington postponed. The team's next scheduled competition was against Louisville on Thursday.
The Blue Devils are the first Power Five team to be out after the start of this season. The Ivy League stopped winter sports in November before the start of the basketball season. Some other schools also chose not to play.
New coach Kara Lawson, who hired in July, had said this month, “I don't think we should play now. That's my opinion on that. "That came a day after Duke men's coach Mike Krzyzewski questioned why college basketball was played in the middle of the pandemic.
"I just want the safety, mental and physical health of players and staff to assess where we are," said Duke's Hall of Fame coach after losing to Illinois on December 8th.
Krzyzewski cited the rise in COVID-19 cases as the basis of his argument.
"People say the next six weeks will be the worst," Krzyzewski said at the time. "It's pretty bad for me. On the flip side, these vaccines are coming out. By the end of the month, 20 million shots will be given. Another 100 million by the end of January or February. Shouldn't we reassess that? See what's on." would be best? "
The virus has already resulted in many games being canceled or postponed in the first month of the season. Countless teams have taken a break in their programs because of positive tests. The NCAA announced earlier this month that it plans to play its tournament in a single geographic area, with San Antonio being the first choice.
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