After having cancelled or postponed six games due to COVID protocols, Virginia athletics has announced that the women’s basketball team is opting out of the remainder of the 2020-2021 season. Injuries have also plagued the team throughout the season.
“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,” said head coach Tina Thompson in a released statement. “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 was only able to compete in five games this season, losing all five, including two in conference play. The Cavaliers have not been able to play a game since December 13 at Florida State.
Virginia’s not the only ACC team that has opted out of the women’s basketball season as Duke announced in December that they would also be foregoing the remainder of the season.