LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville Lady Cardinals returned to campus Wednesday touting a big achievement: their regional championship trophy.
The Lady Cards knocked off basketball behemoths Tennessee and Baylor in their path to the regional championship. The win puts both the men's and women's teams in the Final Four. The University of Louisville is the only school in the nation to reach that milestone this year, and only the eighth Division I school in history to do so.
The team arrived at the Student Activity Center on campus Wednesday to a group of excited fans. Coach Jeff Walz talked about his team's Cinderella story this season, calling his team the ugly ducklings and saying the Lady Cards ruined the entire party. The players tell WDRB it feels good to be the underdogs.
Shoni Schimmel scored 24 points and giant-slaying Louisville beat Tennessee 86-78 Tuesday night. It came two nights after taking down Brittney Griner and defending national champion Baylor. The fifth-seeded Cardinals built a 20-point lead and then withstood a second-half comeback by the Lady Vols.
When it was over, the Cardinals huddled at center court and celebrated. Tennessee headed home with a third straight loss in the regional finals. Next up for Louisville will be California in the Final Four in New Orleans.
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