UofL women arrive home after earning Final Four spot

UofL women arrive home after earning Final Four spot

UofL women arrive home after earning Final Four spot

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 12 at 7:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- University of Louisville’s campus is buzzing with two teams in the Final Four. The women came out of nowhere and knocked out the two top seeds.

Dozens cheered the Cards Women's basketball team during a homecoming on UofL's campus, photos here.

They’re already talking about a strategy to ensure victory even though they just arrived home Wednesday.

"Especially with them beating Baylor and Tennessee. I'm like they can't be stopped right now. So I'm pretty sure they're going to win the national championship," Cards fan, Amari Dryden said. 

They came home with their trophy.

"Everybody has had their time with it. I'm just getting my fifteen minutes before we put it in the case somewhere. It's just an amazing feeling," a player said.

It was like David and Goliath. The Cards took down Brittney Griner and national champs, Baylor. Then the women surprised just about everyone, toppling second seeded Tennessee 86-78. The team says they watched inspirational videos of Muhammad Ali and basketball documentaries to ignite the fire in their eyes. They even got a surprise call from a basketball great.

"I dialed his number and he picked up the phone and I say is Derek Wittenberg there? Our players were like oh you've got to be kidding me. He was remarkable," UofL’s Women’s head basketball coach, Jeff Walz said.

Number five seeded Louisville will play the University of California Sunday night at 6:30 in New Orleans. They are determined to take it all.

"We've got so many different weapons on our team. You've got to worry about all five of us. It's hard for other people you know," UofL Women’s Basketball Guard, Shoni Schimmel said.
 

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