Duke Blue Devils End Women’s Basketball Season Amid Coronavirus Plague Concerns

Former Duke guard Kyra Lambert drives against South Carolina guard Tyasha Harris during a college basketball game on Dec. 19, 2019, in Columbia, South Carolina.Sean Rayford / AP

The Duke women’s basketball team has ended its season amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced on Friday.

“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, Duke’s vice president for public affairs and government relations and chief communications officer, in a statement. “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.”

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, NC State and UNC Wilmington. The team’s next scheduled contest was against Louisville on Thursday.

The Blue Devils are the first Power 5 team to drop out after starting this season. The Ivy League opted out of playing winter sports in November before the basketball season started. A few other schools also decided not to play.

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SOURCE: ESPN

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