The basketball season is over for the Vanderbilt women after the team elected not to continue the remainder of the 2020-21 season Monday.
Vanderbilt pointed to Covid-19 related circumstances, opt-outs and injuries for the reasons behind the team’s decision.
“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,” said Candice Lee, Vanderbilt’s Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director. “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. “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.”
The Vandy women end their season at 4-4, 0-3 in the SEC after an 80-73 loss at Kentucky Sunday night.
Vanderbilt finished the 2020-21 season 4-4 overall and 0-3 against SEC opponents.