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January 3, 2014

Louisville's Slaughter cleared to play




Louisville women's basketball guard/forward Antonita Slaughter has been cleared to play by physicians.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz announced the good news Friday at noon at the news conference at the KFC Yum! Center.

"We're thrilled to have Antonita back, but more importantly we are thrilled that she is OK," Walz said.

Walz said Slaughter was examined by physicians at Jewish Hospital and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and has passed all testing.

"If there was a percentage chance that this could happen again, I wouldn't want her on the court," Walz said.

Walz said Slaughter practiced Thursday and could return to the court as early as Saturday.

"I am excited about returning to the court," Slaughter said in a statement released by the school. "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 collapsed on Dec. 3 after checking out of the game and sitting at the end of the bench. She was rushed to the hospital after team trainers and doctors got her stabilized.

"I am very thankful to have the staff that we have here," Walz said. "We are fortunate to have a great staff here within the (KFC Yum! Center) building and they took control of the situation quickly."

After undergoing days of testing it was determined Slaughter had suffered a cardiac event as a result of a blood clot. On Dec. 6, Walz confirmed Slaughter would be out for the season.

Slaughter played nine games for Louisville this season. She was averaging 9.3 points per game and was second on the team in three-pointers with 13. She was a key to Louisville's run to the NCAA national championship game last season, helping the Cardinals knock off No. 1 Baylor with seven threes against the heavily-favored Bears.


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