Filipina Vanessa de Jesus’ freshman playing-year is now put to stop after the decision of the National College Athletic Association to cancel the remaining games of the women’s basketball tournament due to health and safety concerns.

/ 28 December 2020

Duke University also announced that their women’s basketball program will not play the rest of the 2020-2021 season on Christmas day in the US.

“The student-athletes on the Duke women’s basketball team have made the difficult decision to conclude their current season due to safety concerns,” said Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University’s Vice President for Public Affairs & Government Relations and Chief Communications Officer.

De Jesus already played under the roster of Blue Devils for four tournaments in the first year of head coach, former Beijing Olympian Kara Lawson.

During the first game of De Jesus, she bagged the moniker to be the first Duke freshman to notch 13 points or more in her debut with the Blue Devils since 2014.

Moreover, she bolstered17 points in just her second game with the Blue Devils against Western Carolina, 83-56 last November.

Yet with outstanding performance, De Jesus will be officially settling her debut-record of averaging 12.0 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in a span of four games.

The blue-white-squad halted its basketball-related activities last December 16  for two of its student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19.

Nonetheless, there will be precautionary contact tracing measures among individuals within the radar of the basketball program

“Duke will maintain our current schedule of competition in other sports and will continue to observe our rigorous health and safety protocols, which include daily testing for all student-athletes and are based on guidance from leading medical experts,” said school officials in a statement.

Moreover, Lawson averred her opinion that the team should not be playing in the said tournament.

The Blue Devils have already crossed out their games against North Carolina State and University of North Carolina Wilmington last December 20 and 22, respectively. 

The squad is currently seated on a 3-1 win-loss record in the Atlantic Coast Conference team standings.