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Shelby County native Antonita Slaughter will miss the remainder of the University of Louisville’s women’s basketball season after being diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung.
Slaughter, a starting senior guard at UofL, collapsed on the bench during the early moments of Louisville’s victory over Missouri State University at the KFC Yum! Center last week.
After her condition originally was described as a seizure, extensive tests found that Slaughter had a cardiac event. That’s when doctors found the clot in her lung, Head Coach Jeff Walz said, according to The Courier-Journal.
Several phone calls to the Slaughter’s home in Shelby County were unanswered.
Waltz said doctors are trying to determine why Slaughter collapsed, but she has been released from the hospital and was back with her teammates on Friday for the Cardinals' 99-40 victory over Wright State University.
Slaughter had started nine games for the No. 7-ranked Cardinals this season and was fifth on the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game. She was a key component in the Cardinals’ surprising run last spring to the NCAA national championship game where they lost to the University of Connecticut. She earned a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament team.
A graduate of Christian Academy of Louisville, where she led her team to the State Tournament, Slaughter as an eighth-grader also helped lead Shelby County High School to the Sweet 16 in 2005-06.