SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Nita Slaughter out for season
- Cards face Wright State tonight
- Volleyball falls in straight sets to Marquette
- Radio today
- Tickets? Tickets?
WALZ CLIP BELOW ON NITA:
Louisville senior Antonita Slaughter will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung. The collapse of the talented wing Tuesday night against Missouri State was also diagnosed as a cardiac event and not a seizure as first suggested.
Doctors at Jewish Hospital broke the news to Slaughter's family, teammates and friends Thursday morning after several days of testing to figure out what caused the scary event.
Slaughter will go on blood thinners to treat the clot and will be unable to play.
A tough loss of a great player for the rest of the season...but news that will help treat and clear Slaughter of a very dangerous problem.
As Walz mentioned...college basketball is a game. Designed for the entertainment of a fan base. Life is much more serious and when an event like this strikes a well-respected and loved player like Nita, it gives us cause to reflect on just how precious life is and to be thankful for each moment we have here on earth below.
We hope and pray that Ms. Slaughter eventually overcomes this illness and can return to the court. More importantly, though, we hope she can return to life where she can acheive goals, make a difference and enjoy the beauty and wonder of all things around her.
We have been asked....who will replace Nita on the court? Our guesses indicate Tia Gibbs and Megan Deines as candidates. Ultimately, the decision belongs to the coaching staff at UofL and they will access the situation and make the neccessary and correct moves.
Louisville returns to action tonight against Wright State in the KFC YUM! Center at 7 p.m.
Wright State comes to Louisville (hopefully...given the weather conditions) at 7-2. They come off a 79-77 win over James Madison in the third place game of the Gulf Coast Showcase Sunday. K.C. Elkins hit a three as time expired to give the Raiders the victory. Kim Demmings had 28 points and 11 boards in the victory. Taylor Mingo added 26 points...going 16-17 from the charity stripe.
Louisville tries to regroup after the news about Slaughter. The probable replacement in the starting lineup will be sixth-year senior Tia Gibbs.
The game also features a $2 Budweiser and soft drink promotion.
Louisville Volleyball bowed out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament yesterday...losing to Marquette 25-23, 25-22, 25-19 in Champaign, IL.
Louisville lost a close first set to the Golden Eagles after being tied 23-23. A service error by the Cards and a Marquette kill ended the set.
The Cards led 22-20 in game two...but Marquette went on a 5-0 game ending run. A Louisville service error, Golden Eagle service ace, Cardinal attack error, Marquette kill and final UofL attack error ended the game badly for Anne Kordes crew.
In the final set, the Cards and Golden Eagles were tied 9-9 when Marquette went on a 6-0 run to take the lead for good against Louisville and win by six.
Tough way to end the season but a AAC Championship where they went 18-0 and plenty of talented underclassmen will accompany the Cards to the ACC for the 2014 season.
We'll be sledding in to the studio Saturday morning for the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour...conditions here in Louisville are snowy, cold and ice on the roads.
We'll be one host down...Jeff McAdams is in Champaign with the VolleyCards. Jenny and I will try and carry on in his absence...plenty to discuss with Cards Women's Basketball and Volleyball. We'll test Jenny on a quiz and provide chestnuts roasting on an open fire for all those who fill the studio audience each.
Join us, won't you?
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