After digging themselves an early hole, the Cardinals weren’t able to claw back to overtake the Bulldogs in their Sweet 16 matchup. In a home game for Gonzaga, Louisville wasn’t able to find its stride until the second half. Freshman Shoni Schimmel, the proclaimed female Jimmer Fredette, missed 12 of her first 13 shots and couldn’t find her groove until late in the game. For the first time in the tourney she played like a Freshman.
The Bulldogs are the lowest seed to ever make the elite 8 in NCAA Women’s history, but boast the highest scoring offense in the nation. Louisville were able to cut the lead to three in the second half, mounting a serious comeback. Free throws threw their momentum off, the Bulldogs outscored UofL 24-5 at the line.
The loss puts the Cardinals’ final record at 22-13, reaching their third ever sweet 16. Coach Jeff Walz has plenty to look forward to with this group of ladies. With another tremendous group of recruits coming to the Ville next year, and Schimmel continuing to grow. The Lady Cards will be a force to be reckoned with for the coming years.