Source: USA TODAY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville women’s basketball player Antonita Slaughter collapsed on the bench early in the first half of the No. 7 Cardinals’ 91-49 victory over Missouri State at the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday night but was awake and answering doctors’ questions at Jewish Hospital after arriving via an ambulance.
Slaughter, a senior guard from Christian Academy of Louisville, started the game and scored the first basket. She had come out of the game and was standing next to a seat on the bench when she fell over with 17:13 left in the first half with the Cards ahead 7-2.
The crowd went silent, and the game was delayed for seven or eight minutes as medical personnel tended to her on the floor and wheeled her out on a stretcher. Coach Jeff Walz then huddled the team for a meeting on the court, and play resumed.
It initially appeared that Slaughter had had a seizure, U of L spokeswoman Kim Pemberton said, but Pemberton later said the cause of Slaughter’s episode wouldn’t be known until tests were run at the hospital.
Pemberton was with her at the hospital.
Her brother A.J., a former Western Kentucky basketball player who now plays professionally in France, posted on Twitter before the completion of U of L’s game: “Thanks for all the prayers for my little sister she is doing good now.”
Slaughter’s collapse was a scary moment in a game in which the Cards (8-1) otherwise had no trouble as they bounced back from a 69-64 loss to rival Kentucky on Sunday.
The Cards shot 56.5 percent for the game, including 61.1 percent in the first half as they took a 55-30 lead into intermission, and had four players score in double figures.
Shoni Schimmel scored 14 points and made four of U of L’s seven 3-pointers.
Bria Smith had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Senior Asia Taylor and freshman Emmonnie Henderson each had 10 points as well.
Slaughter began the game tied for fourth on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game..
The Lady Bears (1-5) were led by 13 points from Kenzie Williams.
Steve Jones also writes for the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal.