LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Missouri State was close to No. 7 Louisville early. Then, after one of the Cardinals' players was taken off the court on a stretcher, they ran away from the Bears.
Kenzie Williams scored 13 points, Tyonna Snow added 12 and Desiree Phillips 11 as Missouri State (1-5) lost its fourth straight, 91-49 to Louisville on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals (8-1) were leading 7-2 with 17:13 to play in the first half when Antonita Slaughter, who had started the game and scored the first basket, went to the bench and suddenly collapsed. Louisville coach Jeff Walz and his staff rushed to her aid and EMS was immediately called to the bench.
Bears coach Jon Harper expressed his team's concern for Slaughter, who was taken to a hospital by an ambulance.
"That's a tough sight for anyone to see," said Harper, who is leading the Bears in place of wife and head coach Kellie Harper while she recovers after giving birth to their son on Nov. 25. "It happened right in front of us. Hopefully she's going to be all right. She'll be in our thoughts and prayers."
The Cardinals regrouped after watching their teammate leave the court and went on a 15-4 run that included three 3s from Schimmel to boost its lead to 24-8. The Cardinals continued to bolster their double-digit lead from there.
Harper praised the efforts of Phillips, who came off the bench to bolster the Bears' offense.
"Desiree has had several good practices in a row," Harper said. "She's doing a better job defensively."
Freshman forward Rachel Swartz, who also came off the bench, had five points in 16 minutes of play.