Louisville senior guard Antonita Slaughter has been cleared to play for the Cardinals this season.
Following the events of Dec. 3, the treating physicians at Jewish Hospital referred Slaughter to the Mayo Clinic for further testing. Testing was completed this past week and all test results have come back within normal limits resulting in a clean bill of health for Slaughter and full medical clearance.
Slaughter was sidelined initially because a blood clot was found in her lungs and the use of blood-thinners prevents an athlete from competition. The most recent scans taken at the Mayo Clinic were clean of the previously seen blood clot in her lung and no further treatment is needed, therefore clearing her to play.
After her full evaluation, the treating physicians are confident in her clearance at this point. She has returned to team practices and will be able to return to games once deemed ready by the coaching staff.
“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, who played 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.