The ladies’ Final Four is set after sophomore Hailey Van Lith scored a record-setting 22 points in the game on Monday to help lead Louisville over Michigan at the Elite Eight and punch their ticket to Minneapolis.
The most-favoured Cardinals (29-4) scored 43.1 percent and caused 22 turnovers during the victory of 62-50 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan. The No. three Wolverines (25-7) scored just 34.8 percent in their loss.
“We concentrate on defense,”” Van Lith told reporters. “Coach is adamant about it. Whatever is happening on the offensive side when it’s not the best evening of our lives we’ll get ourselves on the defensive side and make stops.
“Defense is something we are able to always manage and we’ve gotten to it in the past.”
Women’s Final Four in Minneapolis -which includes Louisville, South Carolina, Connecticut and the reigning champion Stanford will begin on Friday. Except for Louisville and South Carolina, Stanford, South Carolina and Louisville are also in the field. The female Final Four has the same teams as last year’s.
The Cardinals will face the No. #1 overall selection of South Carolina in the first national semifinal. Stanford will face UConn in the second semifinal.
“I believed it was an outstanding college basketball game,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz stated to reporters. “They kept fighting. … There was never a pause in the game. In the end, it was an awesome basketball match.”
Louisville began the game on an 8-3 run and then had a 17-13 lead into the third quarter. The Wolverines utilized an 8-2 streak to be within a point of winning the game and trailed by 30-27 at the half.
The Cardinals responded with an 8-2 run towards the beginning of the third. They had a 45-43 lead to the end of the third.
Michigan’s Naz Hillmon shot a free throw to reduce the deficit to two points at 5:40 left, but Louisville scored 10 points without a response to win the game and seal the victory.
Louisville Guards from Louisville Chelsie Hall as well as Kianna Smith scored 11 and 15 points respectively during the victory. Hillmon scored 11 rebounds and 18 points for Michigan in defeat.