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College in Rochester suspends women's basketball program

The college cites injuries and players dropping off the team as reasons.

The women's basketball program at a college in Rochester has been suspended due to a variety of reasons just days before the 2019-20 season was set to begin. 

Here's the announcement from Rochester Community and Technical College, which cites injuries players quitting as main reasons for the decision to cancel the season. Plans are in place to resume the basketball program next year. 

"The College regrets to announce that due to multiple issues, including injury, RCTC will be suspending our Women’s Basketball program for 2019-20. Our new coaching staff has worked tirelessly since their hire (which was not until late July) to try to build our roster. They were able to get four freshman to commit to participate even at that late date. However, due to students who chose to forego playing to focus on their academics, as well as one returner not being medically cleared to play, it is in the student-athletes best interest to suspend. The coaching staff is committed to recruiting and building our roster and we are confident that the program will be reinstated for the 2020-21 season and beyond."

Long time head coach Steve Hucke stepped down after last season and new head coach Jason Bonde wasn't named until the middle of July. 

The RCTC women went 10-15 last season, but was very successful each of the three previous seasons, winning 23 games in 2017-18 and advancing to the region championship in 2017 and 2016. 

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