Vanderbilt women’s basketball ends season early due to COVID

Vanderbilt head coach Stephanie White and the Commodores, after a 4-4 start, chose to end their season early Monday. (AP / Dill Butch)

A fifth college basketball program has chosen to end its season earlier due to COVID-19.

Vanderbilt’s women’s team announced on Monday that they would not be completing the season due to issues and concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The Commodores officially ended the season with a 4-4 record, but went 0-3 in the SEC. They also only had seven players available in their last game on Sunday.

“As a staff, we have and always will put the health and safety of our student-athletes first,” Coach Stephanie White said in a press release. “We are training a group of young women who have demonstrated resilience in the face of withdrawals, injuries, COVID-19 protocols as well as the physical, mental and emotional toll that accompanies COVID-19. We respect the decision of our student-athletes and support them as we continue to move forward.

White has now completed his fifth season leading the program, but has only recorded an overall record 46-83 during that span. Her contract with the university has not been made public, but she is expected to be at or near the end of her contract.

Vanderbilt is just the last program to close early due to the pandemic, joining Duke, SMU, Virginia and San Jose State. The country now has an average of more than 218,000 new cases of coronavirus and more than 3,300 deaths per day, according to the New York Times. Tennessee averages more than 4,400 new cases per day.

Several men’s programs are also grappling with the coronavirus now. Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg was one of 12 people in his schedule, which included seven players, who tested positive last week. Michigan, Georgetown, West Virginia, Iowa, Oregon, and Oklahoma all halted the team’s activities or faced outbreaks as well. last week.

“We fully support and respect the decision of our student-athletes. Their health, safety and well-being has always been and will continue to be a top priority, ”said Vanderbilt athletic director Candice Lee. said in a press release. “We know it was a tough call for them, in a year full of tough calls, and a disappointing result for the student-athletes and the program. “

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