SMU women end season over virus concerns

12/30/2020 2:16:37 PM EST

The SMU women's basketball team will not play the remainder of the 2020-21 season because of concerns about COVID-19, the school announced Wednesday.

The Mustangs had played six games and were 0-6, with an 0-2 mark in the American Athletic Conference. They were scheduled to host Cincinnati later on Wednesday in Dallas.

"Potential virus-related issues including the possibility of isolation, quarantine and season disruptions resulted in a decision by the student-athletes to opt out of the 2020-21 season," the school statement said. "While all agreed that SMU had taken all possible steps and precautions to keep them healthy and safe, ultimately the women decided that the totality of the circumstances was resulting in an in-season experience that they did not wish to prolong."

SMU athletic director Rick Hart said his department stood by the decision.

"This was not a decision our student-athletes took lightly," he said. "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."

SMU became the second women's Division I basketball program to opt out of the 2020-21 season, following Duke.

--Field Level Media

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