The state of Michigan, home to the NJCAA DII women’s basketball championship in Port Huron, Mich. — where Pima College is slated to play starting Tuesday — has limited all public events to no more than 100 spectators because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In order to comply with Michigan protocol, the NJCAA has made the decision to limit the Division II tournament to student-athletes, coaches, team personnel, and necessary college administrators.
“The NJCAA has made the decision to follow all state laws and regulations as it impacts our national championship events,” the NJCAA mentioned in a statement. “As our individual championship events are confined to one specific arena, we feel that following the expertise of state officials is in the best interest for all involved with our national events. Our association is in constant communication with state officials from each of our events and will monitor the situation over the coming days.”
The No. 7 seeded Aztecs (25-7) open the tournament at the SC4 Fieldhouse at Port Huron on Tuesday against No. 10 Edison State (Ohio) Community College at 12 p.m. The Aztecs depart from Tucson on Saturday.
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