A person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press that the Duke women’s basketball team has ended its season amid the coronavirus pandemic. The men’s team plans to continue the game.
The person declined to be named on Friday because the school has not publicly announced the decision.
Since December 16, the Duke women’s basketball team has been suspended due to the planned travel party that has conducted two positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing. The Blue Devils (3-1) postponed the games against Miami, North Carolina State University and UNC Wilmington. The team’s next scheduled game is against Louisville on Thursday.
The Blue Devils are the first Power 5 schools that started this season and could not be completed due to the virus. The Ivy League opted out of winter sports in November before the basketball season began. Some other schools have also decided not to participate in the competition this year.
New coach Kara Lawson, who was hired in July, said this month: “I don’t think we should be in the game now. This is my opinion.” Just a day later, Duke’s men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski questioned. Why play basketball in the pandemic.