Coach Sharon Versyp expected to spend much of Wednesday night in a hospital to be near junior forward Drey Mingo, who was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon with a case of acute bacterial meningitis.
Versyp spent Tuesday night in the hospital until about 2 a.m. with other Purdue administration waiting for Mingo's mother to arrive.
"Obviously this is a very tough situation for our team," Versyp said Wednesday afternoon. "(Drey is) a very tough, strong woman. She's the one that pretty much has proven to our team how strong she is. We're just right there with her. She knows we're right there with her. I think that's what's going to continue to see her through, but obviously it's something none of us were ready for or expecting by any means.
"As we progress, it's minute by minute, it's the next several days. I'm not concerned about anything except Drey and our basketball team. Basketball just does not matter. It just brings us together. But this is about a young lady who is in a situation where we're all right there for her and she's getting the best health care that she could possibly have."
The team will meet for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Versyp said.
"We'll just take it one day at a time," Versyp said.
- Purdue quarterback John Reeves was treated for bacterial meningitis in 1996 and recovered.
"The one thing that became very clear in John's case is the phenomenal condition that these young people are in is a real asset," athletic director Morgan Burke said. "It doesn't give you a pass, but it's a real asset. Certainly, Drey was in great physical shape. She ran all night long on Sunday (at the game).
"Our hope is that the blessings and prayers of the community and team and staff along with her own strong will and her excellent physical condition gives her the best chance of coming through this, just as John Reeves did."