Virginia women's basketball team cancels rest of season due to coronavirus issues

Virginia's women's basketball program became the second ACC team to cancel its season because of COVID-19 issues, making the announcement on Thursday.

Duke canceled its season on Dec. 25. So far, they are the only teams on the men's or women's side from a Power 5 conference to end their seasons early.

The Cavaliers are 0-5 and haven't played since a 69-51 loss at Florida State on Dec. 13. The program went on pause Dec. 19.

In a statement, Virginia said it will maintain the current competition schedules for its other varsity sports programs and keep adhering to ACC health and safety protocols.

"We have the pleasure of coaching a very resilient group of young women who have fought through injuries, a strict COVID-19 protocol, and all the mental battles that come with it," Virginia coach Tina Thompson said. "So the decision to end our season mid-stream comes with great difficulty. As difficult as it is to end our season in this manner, it is a necessary one. The health and safety of our student-athletes will always be the No. 1 priority. We will continue to focus on their overall well-being and prepare to resume competition in the fall."

Thompson, a four-time WNBA champion as a player, is in her third season at Virginia, which was her first head-coaching job. She previously was an assistant for three seasons at Texas.