UMHB women will play Sweet 16 round in empty gym
The UMHB women’s basketball team will play the Sweet 16 Round of the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament in an empty gym at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., because of concerns about the new coronavirus.
"We are taking these actions out of an abundance of caution and being mindful of the Amherst community, including the teams that are competing," director of Amherst athletics Donald Faulstick said.
UMHB plays Christopher Newport University on Friday.
"It's hard to think that my parent might not be there," senior Kendall Rollins said.
UMHB coach Mark Morefield says the change is unnecessary.
Just last week, the team playing in front of fans in San Antonio with a quarantine facility nearby at Lackland Air Force base.
"For lack of better words, you're in a hot-spot last week, people came and went from the gym, and now you're going to a place that has no confirmed cases or anything of that nature."
The NCAA and Amherst College says they will stream the games for fans and family to watch.
Morefield says for his seniors, it means more than winning a national title.
It's also a chance to play in front of their friends and family one more time.
"Let's go out there and control what we can control," he said.
"Let's go win two games to give that opportunity to your families, friends and loved ones."
UMHB advanced to the Sectional Round for a second straight year after defeating UT Dallas Saturday 64-48.