Duke Women’s Basketball Shuts Down for Remainder of 2020-21 Season

As announced by Duke University on its Twitter account, the Duke women’s basketball program will not play the remainder of the 2020-21 season due to health and safety concerns stemming from COVID-19.

Complete message from Duke’s Twitter account:

“The student-athletes on the Duke women’s basketball team have made the difficult decision to conclude their current season due to safety concerns,” said Michael Schoenfeld, Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations and Chief Communications Officer for Duke University. “ We support their decision, as we have supported the choices made by all student-athletes at Duke during this unprecedented time. Duke will maintain our current schedule of competition in other sports and will continue to observe our rigorous health and safety protocols, which include daily testing for all student-athletes and are based on guidance from leading medical experts.”

The Blue Devils had played four contests in first year head coach Kara Lawson’s Duke debut, before pausing basketball related activities on Dec. 16 due to COVID-19 positive cases and precautionary contact tracing measures among individuals within the travel party.

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David Keech
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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]