University of Louisville women’s basketball player Antonita Slaughter collapsed in front of the team’s bench about three minutes into Tuesday’s game against Missouri State at the KFC Yum! Center.
The senior from Christian Academy started the game but was one of three players U of L coach Jeff Walz took out two minutes into the game.
Walz spoke with Slaughter and Asia Taylor in front of the bench before the two players sat down. It was less than a minutes later, Slaughter was seen collapsed on the floor in front of the team’s bench.
The game was stopped for about eight minutes as medical personal attended to Slaughter. The rest of the U of L team stood at the free throw line.
Slaughter was taken to Jewish Hospital.
Walz said at halftime that he had been informed that Slaughter was “doing fine,” and she was undergoing more tests at the hospital.
In a release, U of L said Slaughter was “is awake and answering questions from the doctors. We will not know the official cause of her episode until all of the tests are run.” It appeared she had a seizure.
Walz said after the game that it was a "scary situation," noting she was "convulsing and not responding to questions" when it happened. U of L won the game 91-49.
He said he found out with about seven minutes left in the first half that she was "responsive and doing better." He told his team the update on her status at the next dead ball.
"It's amazing what they did," Walz said of his team. "This team is just so close, it's amazing. I told them she would want them to go out there and play. They all did a great job."
Slaughter is averaging 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds a game for the No. 7 ranked Cardinals. She was a preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection.
Slaughter has started 39 of the 113 career games she has played at U of L. She has scored 728 career points and has 132 career three-point field goals.
Slaughter scored the first two points and her teammates did the rest after she was taken off the floor. U of L jumped to a 24-8 lead.
The Cardinals led by 30-something much of the game. Shoni Schimmel led the way with 14 points, while Bria Smith had 12 points and freshman Emmonie Henderson had a career-high 10.
"I'm proud of them," Walz said.