NEW ORLEANS — The more Louisville extends its remarkable run, the more coach Jeff Walz wants to make sure his Cardinals enjoy every moment.
As long as they have one more upset in them for the NCAA championship game.
The upstart Cardinals got 18 points — all on 3-pointers — from Antonita Slaughter and they clawed back from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat California 64-57 on Sunday night in the NCAA semifinals. For a team that has beaten Baylor, Tennessee and now the second-seeded Golden Bears, a little celebration was in order.
“We’re going to go on Bourbon Street,” said Walz, whose team has one last practice today before Tuesday night’s title game. “I’ll tell the kids, as long as they’re back by 2, we’re OK.”
Bria Smith scored 17 on 6 of 7 shooting for the fifth-seeded Cardinals (29-8), who became the first team seeded lower than fourth to win a Final Four game.
Louisville will face Connecticut in the championship game Tuesday night in an all-Big East final.
Connecticut beat Louisville by 14 points back in January.
Layshia Clarendon scored 17 for Cal (32-4).
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Breanna Stewart put on quite a show to help UConn finally vanquish Notre Dame.
The stellar freshman scored a career-high 29 points to go with four blocks, leading the Huskies to the national title game.
UConn (34-4) will be going for its eighth national championship to match Tennessee for the most in women’s basketball history.
UConn had lost the previous two national semifinals to the Irish (35-2) and dropped three thrilling games this season to their rival.