Pulling for Drey
The BCs were not looking forward to rooting against Drey Mingo, the former Terps player who's been starting (and starring) in the early non-conference season for her new team, the Purdue Boilermakers. We always liked Drey, and her transfer didn't change that.
However, with Maryland scheduled to meet Purdue on the road next week in the Big 10/ACC Challenge, we figured this would be one week we wouldn't be pulling for Drey.
But that all changed today when we learned that Drey was hospitalized, suffering from meningitis, and, as of this morning, in "critical but stable condition" according to her team's web site. Now basketball is unimportant. What is important is Drey's health. And now, we are definitely pulling for Drey to beat this disease and make a full recovery!
Drey and her teammates were supposed to fly to Cancun this morning to participate in the Caribbean Challenge. When Drey was taken ill yesterday, Purdue Coach Sharon Versyp immediately cancelled the team's plans and withdrew the Boilermakers from the Tournament. Although meningitis reportedly is not highly communicable, it is extremely serious. Drey's teammates (and others she may have come in contact with) are being treated with antibiotics as a precautionary measure.
So when Maryland tips off against Purdue next Thursday, it seems certain that we will not see Drey. But she will be (and is as we write this) in our thoughts and prayers.
Please join the BCs in pulling for Drey . . . here's hoping for her full and speedy recovery. Drey, get well soon!
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Wednesday evening update . . . Drey's condition has been upgraded to serious but stable. The linked article makes clear just how serious this is. Drey, we are pulling for you.