Low Roster Numbers Prompt Rose-Hulman Women's Team to Cancel Season | Athletic Business

Low Roster Numbers Prompt Rose-Hulman Women's Team to Cancel Season

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Low roster numbers for a women's team in Indiana means their season was cut short due to safety concerns, the university announced Saturday. 

During Saturday's contest against Transylvania, the women's basketball team at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is in Terre Haute, Ind., only had seven players. The university's athletic department announced the remaining 2022-23 women’s basketball season was canceled to "protect the health and safety of student-athletes," the IndyStar reported. 

The NCAA Division III team was 2-3 on the season, but for \its past two games, there were only seven players available. Just nine players are listed on the team's roster. Rose-Hulman athletic director Ayanna Tweedy told the IndyStar that players were involved in the decision, which was made prior to Saturday's game.

"Our mission at Rose-Hulman is a safe and equitable student-athlete experience. The low roster numbers for this year's team cause a potential risk for the mental and physical health and safety of our players. Although this decision is disappointing for all involved, it is the right decision for the overall best interest of our student-athletes," Tweedy said in a statement, the IndyStar reported.

Thirteen players were on last year's roster, and none were seniors, but four of them didn't return this season.

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