The Duke women's basketball team is ending its 2020-21 season after just four games, as a result of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Friday report from The Associated Press.
The men's basketball team, coached by Mike Krzyzewski, is expected to continue its 2020-21 season despite taking the last two weeks of the non-conference season off to allow players to return home to their families.
The women's team, led by first-year coach Kara Lawson, has had a pause on its activities since Dec. 16 after two positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the Blue Devils' traveling party. Duke had started 3-1 and postponed games against Miami, North Carolina State and UNC Wilmington.
Kara Lawson took over as Duke coach this season after a long career as a WNBA player, television analyst then as an assistant in the NBA as shown above with the Boston Celtics in 2019. (Photo: The Associated Press)
The Duke women's basketball program is the first of any power five school to opt out of finishing its season after having started it. The Ivy League decided not to play any winter sports back in November. Several other smaller schools have opted out of the season, but they were not in NCAA tournament contention like the Blue Devils.
Lawson was hired back in July and had previously stated, "I don't think we should be playing right now. That's my opinion on it."
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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