Virginia women's basketball cancels rest of season

The Virginia women's basketball team canceled the rest of the 2020-21 season Thursday due to health and safety concerns.

The Cavaliers (0-5, 0-2 ACC) already had postponed or canceled six games this season due to COVID-19 protocols. They had been idle since a Dec. 13 loss at Florida State.

A news release issued by the school said injuries have also depleted the roster, leaving Virginia without enough players to safely practice and compete.

"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. "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."

Virginia is the second ACC women's basketball program to prematurely end the season. Duke made the decision in late December.

The Virginia men's basketball team, ranked No. 18 in the country, and the Cavaliers' other varsity sports will "maintain the current competition schedules" and "continue to adhere to Atlantic Coast Conference health and safety protocols," according to the release.

--Field Level Media

01/14/2021 18:02

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