Missouri State women routed by No. 7 Louisville

Missouri State was close to No. 7 Louisville early. Then, after

one of the Cardinals’ players was taken off the court on a

stretcher, they ran away from the Bears.

Kenzie Williams scored 13 points, Tyonna Snow added 12 and

Desiree Phillips 11 as Missouri State (1-5) lost its fourth

straight, 91-49 to Louisville on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals (8-1) were leading 7-2 with 17:13 to play in the

first half when Antonita Slaughter, who had started the game and

scored the first basket, went to the bench and suddenly collapsed.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz and his staff rushed to her aid and EMS

was immediately called to the bench.

Bears coach Jon Harper expressed his team’s concern for

Slaughter, who was taken to a hospital by an ambulance.

”That’s a tough sight for anyone to see,” said Harper, who is

leading the Bears 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.”

The Cardinals regrouped after watching their teammate leave the

court and went on a 15-4 run that included three 3s from Schimmel

to boost its lead to 24-8. The Cardinals continued to bolster their

double-digit lead from there.

Harper praised the efforts of Phillips, who came off the bench

to bolster the Bears’ offense.

”Desiree has had several good practices in a row,” Harper

said. ”She’s doing a better job defensively.”

Freshman forward Rachel Swartz, who also came off the bench, had

five points in 16 minutes of play.

”The biggest regret I had from the last game (against

Quinnipiac) was not getting her in more,” Harper said.

Shoni Schimmel scored 14 points, Bria Smith had 12 and Asia

Taylor added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals, who

led by 25 at halftime.

After shooting 40 percent in the first half, the Bears went 7 of

26 in the second half and missed 10 of 14 three-pointers.

The Bears committed 24 miscues, compared to 12 for

Louisville.

”We had times where we took advantage of some of their

mistakes,” Harper said. ”We had other times where they made

mistakes and we just couldn’t capitalize on it.”

Schimmel said the team was relieved to get good news about their

teammate during the game and they hoped to visit her as soon as

possible.

”Coach Walz told us at halftime that she was doing good, that

she was conscious,” Schimmel said.

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 didn’t have any information on what caused

Slaughter’s to collapse.

”She’s coherent, she’s responding to questions and talking with

her family,” he added. ”We’re not sure and they’re not sure what

took place yet. I would say by tomorrow morning we should know

more.”

Louisville – ranked 10th in the country at 48 percent shooting

from the field – finished at 56 percent against the Bears,

including 36 percent on 3s, and finished with 24 assists.