Antonita Slaughter’s season is over.
The University of Louisville senior guard collapsed on the bench during Tuesday’s game against Missouri State and has been in Jewish Hospital every since the incident occurred.
On Friday, U of L coach Jeff Walz said after going through testing at the hospital that doctors found a blood clot on her lungs. She will miss the rest of the season – and her career is possibly over – and will be placed right away on blood thinners to try and get rid of the blood clot.
Slaughter could be released from the hospital on Friday or early Saturday.
“After extensive testing they have determined she had a cardiac event, which caused the episode,” Walz said. “In the process of determining the problem with her heart they found a blood clot in her lung. We’re very fortunate this was discovered through testing. She will start on blood thinners immediately that will put an end to her season.”
Walz said Slaughter could get a sixth year – a medical hardship year – from the NCAA but the school hasn’t explored that possibility yet.
The Cardinals are 8-1 and she was a key player on the team that made a run to the NCAA national title game last season.
“Our No. 1 concern is to make sure Antonita is taken care of,” Walz said. “Her teammates have been very concerned for her and are saddened that Antonita will no longer be able to finish out the season.”
Slaughter was averaging 9.3 points – fifth on the team - and 6.1 rebounds a game for the No. 7 ranked Cardinals. She was a preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection and had been the second-leading scorer on the team at 10.3 points a game before the game she was injured in after just two points.
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.