April 7, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisville Cardinals fans celebrate after the semifinals during the 2013 NCAA womens Final Four against the California Golden Bears at the New Orleans Arena. Louisville defeated California 64-57. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Women Have Their Shot at Making Card Nation Proud

April 7, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisville Cardinals celebrates after the semifinals during the 2013 NCAA womens Final Four against the California Golden Bears at the New Orleans Arena. Louisville defeated California 64-57. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

GAME INFO:

  • Tip-off:  8:30 pm EST
  • Channel:  ESPN
  • Commentators:  Dan O’Brein (PxP), Doris Burke (color analyst)

Oh man I am already feeling this giddy feeling again!  Two nights in a row!  Thank God this is an annual thing, otherwise I don’t think my heart could take it!  But all jokes aside, I’m still extremely excited for tonight’s Women’s National Championship game.  Only one day after the Louisville Men’s team won their first championship in 27 years, the Lady Cards look to win their first national title, after making only their second Final Four ever this year.

Winning is easier said than done.  After all, there is only one team left that’s standing between Louisville and a national title.  That team is (arguably) the greatest program of all time in women’s basketball, the Connecticut Huskies.  After losing 72-58 in their lone matchup with the Huskies this season, the Cards are out for revenge.   After this unprecedented run throughout the NCAA Tourney, beating powerhouse teams that many said Louisville wouldn’t have a chance against (Tennessee, etc.), and facing and passing their ultimate test, the Britney Griner-led Baylor Bears, a team that many felt would coast to their second-straight national title.  Instead, David (Louisville) wound up and knocked Goliath (Baylor, Tennessee, and Cal) right upside the head.  Will Louisville be able to continue this impressive run?  Sure they can!  Here’s how:

  1. GUARD BREANNA STEWART.  Notre Dame showed us on Sunday night what happens when you don’t have a quality post player that can’t defend a forward that can also shoot the ball.  She’s a young player, so hopefully nerves will get the best of her tonight. If that’s not the case, Louisville will have to depend on double teaming her with guards when she steps out of the paint, and hammering her with Sara Hammond when she’s down low.  Sara will have her hands full tonight, but she is such a great player that she can manage.
  2. HIT THE THREE BALL.  All through this tournament, one thing Louisville has done well (especially Antonita Slaughter) is shoot the three.  Slaughter was lethal from three point land in two of the past three games.  Tonight, Louisville will need all the offense they can get against a VERY tough UConn team.  The Lady Cards have to be on if they are to cut down the nets in New Orleans.
  3. JUST HAVE FUN.  This may be a national championship game, but pressure has to be gone if Louisville is to play well.  There’s no reason to not go out there and give it your all, while having fun at the same time.   Nobody expected Louisville to make it this far.  They made the Final Four, and Louisville fans are definitely happy with that.  No matter a W or L tonight, Card Nation will still be proud of this team.

Tip is at 8:30 on ESPN.  Tune in.  Cheer loudly.  Go Cards.

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