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Louisville's Antonita Slaughter Cleared To Return

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The Louisville women's team got an enormous, unexpected surprise for the new year when it was revealed on Friday that senior guard Antonita Slaughter has been cleared to return to the court.

Slaughter collapsed near the bench during a home game on Dec. 3 and was taken to Jewish Hospital for tests. Three days later she was declared out for the rest of the season following the discovery of a blood clot in her lungs. New testing was completed this past week, however, and all results came back within normal limits resulting in a clean bill of health for Slaughter and full medical clearance.

"I am excited about returning to the court," said Slaughter in a release. "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 is the team's fifth-leading scorer (9.3 points per game) and most consistent 3-point shooter. The Christian Academy of Louisville product was the third-leading scorer on U of L's national runner-up team last season, and has amassed over 1,000 points for her Cardinal career.