UofL's Slaughter cleared for play; blood clot gone, say doctors
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - University of Louisville senior guard Antonita Slaughter has been cleared to play for the Cardinals this season.
Slaughter, who collapsed during the December 3 game against Missouri State, was diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung. Her physicians at Jewish Hospital referred Slaughter to Mayo Clinic for further testing. According to a university news release, her results came back this week within normal limits, resulting in a clean bill of health and full medical clearance.
Because of the blood clot, blood-thinners had been prescribed to Slaughter. Blood-thinners prevent athletes from competing. University officials said the most recent scans taken at Mayo Clinic did not show the previously seen clot in Slaughter's lung. No further treatment was deemed necessary; therefore, she was cleared to play ball.
The university said Slaughter has returned to team practices and will be able to return to games once the coaching staff is confident she is ready.
"I am excited about returning to the court," said Slaughter. "After being away the last month, I realized how much I love the game of basketball. I am grateful for the opportunity to return and being able to contribute to my team. I am looking forward to competing with my team and picking up where we left off last year."
Slaughter was the fifth-leading scorer (9.3 points per game) and most consistent 3-point shooter. She is credited with playing a key role in the Cardinals' run to the 2013 NCAA Tournament final. Slaughter started 30 of 38 games as a junior, averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds while leading the Cardinals at nearly 36 percent from beyond the arc.
Slaughter tied a career best with seven 3-pointers in the stunning upset of top-ranked defending champ Baylor in the regional final. She was named to the Final Four All-Tournament team.