No. 4 U of L women a No. 3 seed

Jeff Walz

Despite a 30-4 record, the Louisville women's basketball team earned just a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Women's Tournament announced on Monday. The Cardinals will face No. 14 seed Idaho in Sunday's first round in Iowa City, Iowa.

The University of Louisville women's basketball team was seeded third the first time the Cardinals made it to the Final Four in 2009 and last season made a return as a No. 5 seed.

Once again, the Cardinals will try to do it as the underdog after getting snubbed by the NCAA.

Louisville sports a 30-4 record, with three losses to No. 1 Connecticut, and expected a No. 2 or possibly even a No. 1 seed. But instead, the Cardinals are a No. 3 seed and must play on an opponents floor the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend.

The Cardinals are the third seed in the Louisville bracket with Tennessee as the No. 1 seed and West Virginia as the No. 2. U of L will open against Idaho (25-8), riding an 18-game winning streak on Sunday at 5:30 in Iowa City, Iowa. A win could pit the Cardinals against Iowa on its home floor on Tuesday.

"I'm just glad we're in," U of L coach Jeff Walz said. "I was just hoping we would get in. With four losses and three of them to UConn, I figured we might be an NIT team.

"So, just to get a three seed I was proud. I wasn't sure we had done enough. Hopefully, we can make them proud and show them we're a good, solid three seed in the NCAA Tournament."

Walz, whose team is ranked No. 4 in both the USA Today and AP polls, said his team should enter the tournament with a "little chip on their shoulders," and take care of business.

"We have lost to two teams, we are 30-4 and no one has beaten UConn," Walz said. "I sense a little bit of shock (with the players) but at the same time they understand what's in front of us now. We just have to go play."

Added senior Shoni Schimmel: "We don't mind being the underdogs. It's worked before."

Louisville is making its 17th tournament appearance and eighth in the last nine years.

The Cardinals are led by three first team all-conference performers. Senior guard Shoni Schimmel leads the team in scoring and assists with 17.0 points and assists with 3.8 per game. Junior Sara Hammond is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 10.9 points 6.6 boards and 6.2 rebounds per game. Senior Asia Taylor leads the team on the boards with 7.3 rebounds per game. Taylor also ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game.

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