Wynter Webb’s college basketball season at Kentucky State has been put on hold because of injuries suffered in a practice incident, and the school has placed head women’s basketball coach Terrance Slater on administrative leave during the investigation.
Webb, a sophomore guard who played locally at Mill Creek, suffered the injuries Nov. 29 during a practice layup drill, her family said. She suffered a bruised arm, which has healed, but has neck and back injuries likened to severe whiplash.
The 5-foot-10 Webb, who also plays softball at Kentucky State, is awaiting results on a school-ordered MRI, which was done last Friday.
“She was injured at practice and it wasn’t by one of her teammates, it was by the coaching staff,” said Webb’s father, D.J. Webb. “She was injured in practice. It wasn’t in a game and she wasn’t injured by one of her peers.”
While not addressing specifics of the investigation, Kentucky State released a statement on its athletics website, Dec. 8, more than two weeks after Webb’s practice injuries.
“Kentucky State University takes all student allegations seriously and will thoroughly examine and address all reports upon notification,” the Kentucky State online release said. “Athletic Director Etienne Thomas says Head Women’s Basketball Coach Terrance Slater has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation. Kentucky State University is committed to the safety and well-being of our students. We must have complete confidence in Kentucky State University employees to supervise our students responsively and that all students are treated with dignity and respect.”
Webb averages 7 points and 3.7 rebounds for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference program. She chose the school because it allowed her to play on both the basketball and softball teams.
Because of her current injuries, she is unable to play with the basketball team. Her father said she takes a steroid and muscle relaxers for treatment, as well as medicine for the pain, which has made things like driving difficult.
“We are trusting in the school that they are going to do the right thing for her and the program,” D.J. Webb said.
The Webbs are hopeful the investigation will be completed by the end of the week.
Slater is in his third season as the Kentucky State head coach, and in his fifth year with the program. The East St. Louis, Ill., native was hired as an assistant coach in Aug. 2014 after a seven-year stint as head coach and recruiting director for the Lady Mean Streets AAU program.