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Virginia women's basketball cancels seasons over COVID concerns

Clemson Virginia Basketball
Posted at 1:39 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 13:39:58-05

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The University of Virginia women's basketball team has canceled the remainder of its season over COVID-19 concerns.

The team, which was winless in five games, had not played since December 13.

“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,” head coach Tina Thompson said in a statement released by the university. “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 number one priority. We will continue to focus on their overall well-being and prepare to resume competition in the fall.”

The Duke University women's basketball team made a similar announcement when it canceled its season last month.