LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Leading by 25 points after seeing one of their teammates taken off the court on a stretcher, Louisville was relieved to get some good news at halftime.
Shoni Schimmel scored 14 points, Bria Smith added 12 and the seventh-ranked Cardinals cruised to a 91-49 victory over Missouri State on Tuesday night.
Louisville (8-1) played most of the game without senior guard Antonita Slaughter after she collapsed and was taken to a hospital by an ambulance.
A Louisville spokesman said Slaughter was awake and alert and undergoing tests.
"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 stretcher. Definitely, to see Antonita in that position is hard for all of us because we're like sisters."
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.
Walz said he was getting ready to put Slaughter back in the game when his staff alerted him.
"I turned around and I saw her," he said. "She was definitely struggling right there, was kind of out of it. We weren't sure what was going on, so we got her on the floor. The medical staff was there within seconds."
Missouri State assistant coach Jon Harper saw Slaughter collapse.
"That's a tough sight for anyone to see," said Harper, who is leading the Tigers 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."
Walz said he didn't have any information on what caused Slaughter's to collapse.
"She's coherent, she's responding to questions and talking with her family," he added. "We're not sure and they're not sure what took place yet. I would say by tomorrow morning we should know more."