No. 7 Louisville women rout Missouri St 91-49

Leading by 25 points after seeing one of their teammates taken

off the court on a stretcher, Louisville was relieved to get some

good news at halftime.

Shoni Schimmel scored 14 points, Bria Smith added 12 and the

seventh-ranked Cardinals cruised to a 91-49 victory over Missouri

State on Tuesday night.

Louisville (8-1) played most of the game without senior guard

Antonita Slaughter after she collapsed and was taken to a hospital

by an ambulance.

A Louisville spokesman said Slaughter was awake and alert and

undergoing tests.

”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.”

Louisville was leading 7-2 with 17:13 to play in the first half

when Slaughter, who had started the game and scored the first

basket, went to the bench and suddenly collapsed. Coach Jeff Walz

and his staff rushed to her aid and EMS was immediately called to

the bench.

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.”

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.”

Asia Taylor added 10 points and seven rebounds for the

Cardinals.

Louisville 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.

Kenzie Williams scored 13 points and Tyonna Snow added 12 to

lead Missouri State (1-5), which lost its fourth straight.

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.

Cardinals freshman forward Emmonnie Henderson scored 10 points

on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 13 minutes of

play.

”She’s understanding the game of basketball,” Schimmel said.

”The more she plays, the more opportunity for her to understand

and learn. … She’s definitely grown up through the past few games

that she’s been in.”

The Cardinals rebounded from Sunday’s 69-64 loss to intrastate

rival Kentucky which dropped them from No. 4 to seventh in AP

poll.

”Definitely the value of the ball,” Smith said when asked what

the teamed learned from the loss. ”That was the key thing we took

from that game. Also, that we can’t take our foot off the gas

pedal.”

Missouri State committed 24 turnovers, compared to 12 for

Louisville.

Walz was happy with his team’s low number of turnovers – well

below its average of 20 and half its total against Kentucky.

”I made them run yesterday,” he said. ”I didn’t make them run

for the turnovers against Kentucky, I just said this is what we’re

going to do: Every time we turn the ball over in practice, we’ll

run. I don’t think our kids realized how much we turned it over in

practice until they had to start running for each one.”