Louisville is hoping to match that Tuesday night, at the expense of the Huskies no less.
One night after the Louisville men survived Michigan's upset bid and cut down the nets at the Georgia Dome, the Cardinal women will try to topple mighty UConn in the women's title game and bring another trophy to the Derby City. Should the Cardinals do it, it would only be the latest moment of athletic glory for Louisville in a 2012-13 school year that also included the football team winning 11 games and stunning heavily favored Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
"We're all huge supporters of each other," Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz said. "Our athletic director came to me [Sunday] and said, hey, the men's team was in the hotel lobby jumping up and down and cheering for us. I've gotten a text from Rick already congratulating us and telling me to tell the players what an unbelievable job they did. And it's special. I'm very fortunate, very fortunate to have a men's coach, as high profile as he is, to really genuinely care about the women's program. It speaks volumes for him, speaks volumes for his program."
Whereas the Louisville men brought back the core of last year's Final Four team and began the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, Walz's team is as a rare underdog story in women's basketball. The Cardinals are only the second No. 5 seed to make the women's Final Four and first team seeded fifth or higher to win a national semifinal, accomplishments made all the more remarkable by the fact their draw was anything but favorable.Read More »from Louisville women will take aim at a rare college basketball title sweep