The Duke women’s basketball group ended its season Friday in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

” The student-athletes on the Duke females’s basketball group have actually made the difficult choice to conclude their present season due to security issues,” said Michael Schoenfeld, Vice President for Public Affairs & Government Relations and Chief Communications Officer for Duke University.

” We support their decision, as we have supported the options made by all student-athletes at Duke throughout this extraordinary time. Duke will keep our current schedule of competitors in other sports and will continue to observe our strenuous health and safety protocols, that include day-to-day testing for all student-athletes and are based on guidance from leading medical professionals.”

The guys’s basketball group prepared to keep playing.

The ladies’s basketball group has been on pause since Dec. 16 due to the fact that of two positive covid-19 tests and contact tracing within the program’s travel party. The Blue Devils (3-1) delayed video games versus Miami, N.C. State and UNC Wilmington. The team’s next scheduled contest protested Louisville on Thursday.

Heaven Devils are the first Power Five team to leave after starting this season. The Ivy League chose out of playing winter sports in November prior to the basketball season began. A couple of other schools likewise decided not to play.

Coach Kara Lawson, who was employed in July, had stated this month: “I do not think we must be playing right now. That’s my viewpoint on it.” That came a day after Duke males’s coach Mike Krzyzewski questioned why college basketball was being played in the middle of the pandemic.

” I would much like for the security, the mental and physical health of players and personnel to examine where we’re at,” Duke’s Hall of Fame coach said after a loss to Illinois on Dec. 8.

Krzyzewski pointed out the rise in covid-19 cases as the basis of his argument.

” Individuals are saying the next 6 weeks are going to be the worst,” Krzyzewski said at the time. “To me, it’s already quite bad. On the other side of it, there are these vaccines that are coming out. By the end of the month, 20 million vaccine shots will be given. By the end of January or in February, another 100 million. Should we not reassess that? See just what would be best?”

The virus has actually currently triggered numerous video games to be canceled or delayed in the very first month of the season. Numerous teams have been on pause because of positives tests in their programs. The NCAA said earlier this month that it planned to play its Competition in a single geographical location with San Antonio being the top option.