By Sam Draut
Last Tuesday night, senior forward Antonita Slaughter collapsed on the bench during the first few minutes of a 91-49 victory over Missouri State at the KFC YUM! Center.
Slaughter was suffered what appeared to be a seizure like episode and was carted off by paramedics to Jewish Hospital where she underwent tests to diagnose the problem.
Doctors determined it was cardiac incident caused by a blood clot in her lung.
It was announced Friday that Slaughter would miss the remainder of the season and would take blood thinner medication for seven to eight months.
“We are very grateful to the arena staff, the medical staff and all the doctors who have been working diligently to figure out what happened Tuesday night. Our number one concern is to make sure Antonita is taken care of,” U of L head coach Jeff Walz said. “Her teammates have been very concerned for her and are saddened to know that Antonita will no longer be able to finish out the season with them on the court. As a team we will be there for Nita and make sure she knows we are there for her at all times.”
In nine games this season, Slaughter averaged 9.3 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game. She had the highest three-point field goal percentage on the team with 37.1 percent.
Last season, she was the third leading scorer, averaging 10.1 points per game.
Now, Slaughter will continue to support her teammates, she attended the 99-40 win over Wright State on Saturday night.
“It is not easy for her right now but I have really been impressed with how she has handled all of it. You go from being in college playing ball and going to class and you think everything is great; to being in the hospital having 100 different tests run on you,” Walz said. “She has really been good, and I think that is what has helped our team. She is at the game, she is smiling and cheering and encouraging everyone. She still has some more tests in front of her. We are still trying to figure out what is going on with her heart.”
“Well, it is definitely a sad thing that happened. We’re all going to miss her of course, but we all know the season goes on. She is there at practice and everything being her normal self. It is good to have her around. Our goal is still to go to Nashville no matter what. These are games where we have to come out and just dominate from the tip,” Asia Taylor said.