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
”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
”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
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.