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
”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
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
”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
Asia Taylor added 10 points and seven rebounds for the
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
”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
”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
Missouri State committed 24 turnovers, compared to 12 for
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.”