No. 5 Louisville women win 81-66 at SMU

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm •  Published: January 19, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — Antonita Slaughter has been getting back in playing shape after a scary incident.

Now she's starting to rediscover her shooting touch for No. 5 Louisville.

Slaughter had 17 points with four 3-pointers, two in a game-turning run, and the Cardinals stretched their winning streak to 11 games with an 81-66 win at SMU on Sunday.

It was the most extensive action for Slaughter since a blood clot in her lung that led to her collapsing during a game last month. She was then hospitalized for several days and missed six games. In her three previous games since returning, she had been 1-for-10 shooting, missing all five 3-pointers.

"My teammates always have confidence in me. I've been on a little streak where I haven't hit any, but they just keep encouraging me, and I showed them that I could do it," said Slaughter, who played 25 minutes. "I'm feeling great. ... I'm getting there."

Slaughter started the 11-0 run early after halftime with a 3 off an inbound pass from Shoni Schimmel, then Asia Taylor had a steal. That led to a layup by Sara Hammond, who then drew a charge to give the ball back to the Cardinals, and Slaughter made another 3-pointer. Schimmel's 3-pointer with 17:23 left stretched the lead to 44-37.

"It's big for our program, it's big for this ball club," coach Jeff Walz said of having Slaughter back. "She's felt good conditioning-wise the past two weeks, but there's a big difference between running sprints and being on the treadmill to getting out there and getting your game legs. When you've got to stop and get your composure and knock down a shot, it takes a while. I still think she's about a week away from getting back into her prime."