After beating Michigan 70-48 in the regular season, Louisville’s women’s basketball team had a much tougher time of it in the NCAA Tournament rematch on Monday night.
But still managed to win 62-50 and advance to the Final Four. For the first time since 2018, the No. 1 seeded Cardinals (29-4, 16-2 ACC) have secured a trip to the Final Four.
The No. 1 seed South Carolina will face the No. 2 seed Louisville on Friday, April 1 at either 7:00 or 9:30 p.m. ET at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The other half of the Final Four consists of the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal and the second-ranked Connecticut Huskies.
Van Lith Leads Louisville in Scoring
Sophomore guard Hailey Van Lith led the way for Louisville. In her 38 minutes on the court, she scored 22 less points. It was because of her play that she was named the game’s most valuable player in her region.
In the big picture, Van Lith has been outstanding so far in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Over the course of three games, the All-ACC performer has scored 63 points.
Chelsie Hall came in second after Van Lith and scored 15 points. For the Cardinals, Emily Engstler made up for her poor shooting with 16 boards and several stellar defensive stops.
In the final three minutes of play, Louisville’s lead was only two points. The rest of the game was decided by free throws, as they were the only team to score.
The Cardinals still have a chance to capture their first national championship with two games left in the tournament.
Louisville Holds off Michigan to Claims Last Final Four Spot
After leading for the majority of the game, the Cardinals (29-4) held Michigan scoreless in the final 5:40 to seal a 62-50 victory on Monday night.
And the final slot in the Final Four, joining No. 1 South Carolina, No. 1 Stanford, and No. 2 UConn.
If Louisville advances to their fourth Final Four, they will play No. 1 seed South Carolina on Friday.
This is the fourth consecutive tournament game in which Louisville’s Hailey Van Lith has scored at least 20 points.
And she led all scorers with a game-high 22 on this occasion. Chelsie Hall scored 15 points and hit three triples for our team.
On Monday, March 3rd, 2022, the No. 2 seed Louisville women’s basketball team will travel to Wichita, Kansas to face the No. 3 seed Michigan Wolverines.
Emily Engstler scored 20 points and grabbed 10 boards to lead Louisville, and Hailey Van Lith scored 23 points and dished out a career-high six assists.
Earlier this season, Louisville thumped Michigan 70-48. UofL came back from a 7-2 deficit early in the game to win by a final score of 23-2.