SMU WBB cancels season amid player concerns of COVID-19

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SMU's women's basketball season canceled the remainder of its 2020-21 season Tuesday morning.

The program released a statement citing player concern for the rise in COVID-19 and "potential virus-related issues" such as isolation, quarantining and potential disruptions. The statement specified that players did not cite SMU's specific protocols as cause for concern as opposed to broader general problems surrounding the virus' impact on the season.

The Mustangs played just six games, their last being on Dec. 20 after their contest with Wichita State on Dec. 23 was postponed.

"This was not a decision our student-athletes took lightly," said SMU athletic director Rick Hart in a statement. "It was a difficult decision for them to make. That said, we support them, as we have supported the choices of our student-athletes in all sports whether they have elected to compete or to opt out. Our priority is their health, safety and wellbeing. We look forward to our women's basketball program resuming competition in 2021-22."

Other SMU programs, including its men's basketball program, will go on as scheduled.

This comes less than a week after Duke's women's basketball program canceled its season citing COVID-19 concerns as well.

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