Louisville's Slaughter collapses during game

By The Sports Network
December 4, 2013 - 3:03am
Louisville's Antonita Slaughter unleashes a 3-pointer from deep downtown during the Cardinals' 82-81 upset of top-seeded Baylor in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Slaughter was taken to the hospital by ambulance after suddenly collapsing early in the first half of Tuesday's 91-49 rout of Missouri State. (File photo by Lee Michaelson)

Louisville's Antonita Slaughter unleashes a 3-pointer from deep downtown during the Cardinals' 82-81 upset of top-seeded Baylor in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Slaughter was taken to the hospital by ambulance after suddenly collapsing early in the first half of Tuesday's 91-49 rout of Missouri State. (File photo by Lee Michaelson)

Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com, with additional reporting by Full Court's Lee Michaelson) - Louisville's Antonita Slaughter collapsed during Tuesday's 91-49 win over Missouri State.

Just under three minutes into the game, Slaughter collapsed to the floor as she was walking back to the bench.

EMS was immediately alerted and Slaughter was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

"She's coherent, she's responding to questions and talking with her family," said Louisville coach Jeff Walz. "We're not sure and they're not sure what took place yet. I would say by tomorrow morning we should know more."

The 6-1 senior guard was named to the All-Tournament Team of the NCAA Women's Final Four last season after helping the Cardinals, a No. 5-seed, to stunning upsets of top-seeded Baylor, and heavily favored Tennessee and Cal squads, and into the national championship game, where they ultimately fell to Connecticut. Known for her sharpshooting prowess, Slaughter, a product of Louisville Christian Academy who opted to stay close to home for college, led the team in 3-point field-goal percentage last season, knocking down 35.8 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc last season. On a team that thrives on the 3-pointer, she has upped her 3-point percentage to 37.1 percent in the early going this year, tops among those on the team who have attempted 10 or more long balls.

Team captain Shoni Schimmel, also a senior, said she and her teammates were relieved after getting good news on Slaughter's condition in the locker room.

"Coach Walz told us at halftime that she was doing good, that she was conscious," said Schimmel, who led all scorers with 14 points in Tuesday's game.

"It's tough to see anybody get carried off the court on a stretcher," added backcourt running mate Bria Smith, who finished with 12 points and four assists on Tuesday. "Definitely, to see Antonita in that position is hard for all of us because we're like sisters."

Tags: