"He could have said, 'I was sick.' He didn't," Huggins said. "He just said, 'This one's on me. I've got to be able to play through it.' "
After a week off, WVU played at Texas and Henderson had 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting in the first 15 minutes, but took one shot and didn't score the rest of the game. Meador said Henderson was kept out of practices and workouts not long after the loss to the Longhorns. With the illness and inactivity, Meador said Henderson has lost some weight, but wouldn't say how much.
"Weight loss is definitely a concern," Meador said. "That's your fuel tank and right now his fuel tank is a lot lower than what it normally is."
Henderson missed two games with back problems last season. The Mountaineers lost both of those, as well. He was held out of the opening game this season with a shin injury, but WVU had no trouble with Mount St. Mary's.
WVU (15-13, 7-8 Big) is a game ahead of Baylor for sixth place in the Big 12 Tournament, where the top six teams get a bye in the opening round. The Mountaineers play TCU, at Oklahoma and at home against No. 5 Kansas to finish the regular season. They need a big run there and in the conference tournament to make the NCAA Tournament, but also need to win some more games just to make the NIT.
"We've got to have somebody step up," point guard Juwan Staten said. "When one person goes down, it's a great opportunity for somebody else to step up and show something they haven't been able to show. We're searching for that person right now."
Henderson had been a key part of WVU's quick-shooting, high-scoring attack with 12.1 points per game and 37.2 percent shooting from 3-point range (42-for-112). He contributed on defense as well and the Mountaineers confess they've missed what he was giving them on that end. They've surrendered 84 points in the paint the past two games and allowed both Baylor and Iowa State to shoot above 50 percent from the floor on the way to 88 and 83 points.
"Terry was playing better defense than he'd played in a long time," Staten said. "He was playing hard and going a great job rebounding and blocking shots. We need somebody to step up in that role, too."