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No. 7 Louisville women rout Missouri St 91-49

December 03. 2013 9:36PM
Associated Press

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(AP) Shoni Schimmel scored 14 points, Bria Smith added 12 and No. 7 Louisville cruised to a 91-49 victory over Missouri State on Tuesday night.

Asia Taylor added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals (8-1), who played most of the game without senior guard Antonita Slaughter after she collapsed and was taken off the court on a stretcher early in the first half.

Louisville was leading 7-2 with 17:13 to play in the first half when Slaughter, who had started the game and scored the first basket, went to the bench and suddenly collapsed. Coach Jeff Walz and his staff rushed to her aid and EMS was immediately called to the bench.

Slaughter was transported to the hospital by ambulance. A Louisville spokesman said Slaughter was awake and alert and undergoing tests.

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

Louisville used a 15-4 run that included three 3s from Schimmel to boost its lead to 24-8, and the Cardinals continued to bolster their double-digit lead.

Kenzie Williams scored 13 points and Tyonna Snow added 12 to lead Missouri State (1-5), which lost its fourth straight.

Schimmel, who finished 4 for 10 on 3s, said the team was relieved to get good news about their teammate during the game and they hoped to visit her as soon as possible.

"Coach Walz told us at halftime that she was doing good, that she was conscious," Schimmel said.

Smith added: "It's tough to see anybody get carried off the court on a stretcher. Definitely, to see Antonita in that position is hard for all of us because we're like sisters."

Louisville ranked 10th in the country at 48 percent shooting from the field finished at 56 percent against the Bears, including 36 percent on 3s, and finished with 24 assists.

The Cardinals shot 61 percent in the first half.

Missouri State committed 24 turnovers, compared to 12 for Louisville.

The Cardinals rebounded from Sunday's 69-64 loss to intrastate rival Kentucky which dropped them from No. 4 to seventh in AP poll.

Against the Wildcats, the Cardinals led by 14 in the first half but shot just 28 percent in the second half en route to their first loss of the season and their third straight against their top non-conference rival.

Associated Press

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