COVID-19, opt-outs, injuries keep Vandy women's basketball team from finishing season

Chelsie Hall
Posted at 4:48 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 17:49:00-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Vanderbilt Women's basketball program announced that it will not continue through the rest of its 2020-21 season due to COVID-19, opt-outs and injuries.

“We fully support and respect the decision of our student-athletes. Their health, safety and well-being have always been, and will continue to be, a top priority,” Vanderbilt’s Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee said in a press release. “We know that this was a tough call for them, in a year full of tough calls, and a disappointing outcome for the student-athletes and the program.”

“As a staff we have and will always prioritize the health and safety our student-athletes,” Vanderbilt head coach Stephanie White said in the release. “We are coaching a group of young women who have been resilient in dealing with opt-outs, injuries, COVID-19 protocols as well as the physical, mental and emotional toll that comes with COVID-19. We respect our student-athletes’ decision and support them as we continue to move forward.”

Vanderbilt finished the 2020-21 season 4-4 overall and 0-3 against SEC opponents.