Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hampton's Tate-DeFreitas: MRI today, now we wait

Dating ourselves here, there's a song Anne Murray used to sing -- "A little good news today."

Hampton coach David Six could use some good news because right now it's lacking.

Two-time MEAC Player of the Year Malia Tate-DeFreitas, who sustained a right knee injury during Monday's victory over Delaware State, underwent an MRI on Wednesday afternoon. Six is awaiting results he anticipates will come Thursday, but said when Tate-DeFreitas went down while going for a layup, he said, "It didn't look good."

If the injury is a season-ending ACL tear, it will mark the end of a stellar career. Tate-DeFreitas is 96 points shy of the MEAC record that would make her the conference's all-time leading scorer.

Tate-DeFreitas started all 16 games for the Pirates and leads the team in scoring (17.2 ppg) and is second in rebounding (5.4 rpg). In fact, the senior has started all 112 games she has played in at Hampton and amassed 2,214 points thus far, 553 this season.

To be blunt, she's the franchise.

While Tate-DeFreitas' injury is certainly the most significant, Hampton is also without starting forward Jephany Brown, out with a high ankle sprain and reserves Mariah Bankhead (leg) and Mikayla Sayle (back). Sophomore guard K'Lynn Willis is expected back Thursday from an ankle injury.

We'll let you know more on Malia when we know.

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