Louisville’s Slaughter remains hospitalized after collapsing at game
Louisville has announced guard Antonita Slaughter will undergo tests through Thursday to determine what caused her to collapse during Tuesday night’s victory 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 in the seventh-ranked Cardinals’ 91-49 rout. She was taken out of the arena on a stretcher to Jewish Hospital.
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 Slaughter was alert, talking and had shown no signs of feeling ill before the game.
Walz says, "We’ve never had anything like this from her, or any kind of past history to be able to call on."
Louisville won 91-49.
"Coach Walz told us at halftime that she was doing good, that she was conscious," teammate Shoni Schimmel said.
Cardinals player Bria Smith added: "It’s tough to see anybody get carried off the court on stretcher. Definitely, to see Antonita in that position is hard for all of us because we’re like sisters."
Walz said he was getting ready to put Slaughter back in the game when his staff alerted him.
"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 on 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."