Cards’ Slaughter stays in hospital for tests
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville has announced guard Antonita Slaughter will undergo tests through Thursday to determine what caused her to collapse during the No. 7 Cardinals’ 91-49 victory Tuesday night over Missouri State.
Slaughter scored the game’s first basket, but after being substituted for with 17:32 left in the first half, she collapsed while on the bench. She left the arena on a stretcher and was taken to Jewish Hospital.
“It’s tough to see anybody get carried off the court on [a] stretcher,” teammate Bria Smith said. “Definitely, to see Antonita in that position is hard for all of us because we’re like sisters.”
Cardinals spokesperson Kimberli Pemberton said Wednesday the 6-foot-1 senior is in good spirits and surrounded by family.
Louisville coach Jeff Walz said after the game that Slaughter was alert, talking and had shown no signs of feeling ill before the game.
“We’ve never had anything like this from her, or any kind of past history to be able to call on,” Walz said.
“I turned around and I saw her,” he said. “She was definitely struggling right there, was kind of out of it. We weren’t sure what was going on, so we got her on the floor. The medical staff was there within seconds.”
Missouri State assistant coach Jon Harper saw Slaughter collapse.
“That’s a tough sight for anyone to see,” said Harper, who is leading the Tigers in place of wife and head coach Kellie Harper while she recovers after giving birth to their son Nov. 25. “It happened right in front of us. Hopefully she’s going to be all right. She’ll be in our thoughts and prayers.”
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