Mississippi State hoops coach rescues woman whose SUV flipped
The southeast portion of the United States has been blanketed by snow over the past few days, leading to some very scary situations across the entire region. And the Mississippi State basketball program found itself in the midst of one on Friday afternoon.
Team officials, including head coach Ben Howland, helped save and pull a woman from a flipped SUV, which they saw on the road while traveling to Saturday’s game against LSU.
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The woman, Carolyn Ashley, a nurse from McComb, Mississippi, is OK, but the details are as scary as they sound.
Howland told ESPN that as his team was headed to Baton Rouge it saw Ashley’s car flip in front of them. He and two other Mississippi State officials, Michael Moynihan, the team’s director of operations, and strength coach David Deets immediately ran over to the car and began knocking on the windows. Players tried to get out of the team bus, but with the front of the car smoking, Howland urged them to stay back, afraid the car would explode.
“She just spun out and went flying off the road,” Howland told ESPN. “There were multiple tumbles and turns.”
Ashley was initially unresponsive when the three men arrived at the car, but eventually screamed “Get me out of here!” Eventually, Howland was able to open the back door with Moynihan and Deets able to pull Ashley out of the back of the car. After she was initially evaluated by the Bulldogs’ team doctor, she was sent to the hospital where she appeared to be fine, according to her boyfriend Robert Bates.
Thankfully, everything is OK, and it’s due to the quick action of Howland, Mississippi State’s basketball staff and players.
In much less important news, Mississippi State returns to the court on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.