No. 7 Louisville women top Cincinnati 64-45

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville welcomed back Antonita Slaughter with a big cheer from the fans and a gritty defensive performance on the floor.

Shoni Schimmel led the No. 7 Cardinals with 21 points in a 64-45 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday, in Antonita Slaughter's first game since recovering from a blood clot in her lung. The crowd of more than 8,000 gave her a warm hand.

"It almost brought a tear to my eye," Slaughter said. "I was looking to make opportunities, what I was going to do with my life after college because life goes on after basketball. I was thinking of maybe broadcasting, whatever it may be. To have the doctor say that I'm good and healthy, I can pursue my dream and just play basketball, which is what I love."

She played 16 minutes and had five points - all free throws — three rebounds and a steal.

Slaughter collapsed on the bench against Missouri State on Dec. 3. She was hospitalized for several days and needed blood thinners before returning to play.

After a slow start on Saturday, Louisville's potent offense turned it up a notch to win its eighth straight. Schimmel went 5 of 11 from 3-point range, and Emmonnie Henderson added nine points and six rebounds.

"We had the same looks in the first half and we just couldn't make them," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "We did a great job defensively. At one time we're 3 of 17 from the field and they're 2 of 5. We did a great job of turning them over, getting them out of synch. We did a great job of trapping and causing chaos."

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