U of L to open NCAA Tourney with Boise State

From U of L SID

The University of Louisville women’s basketball (32-2, 15-1) team ¬†opens NCAA Tournament play on Friday at 12 p.m. ET when they face Boise State at the KFC Yum! Center.

At 32-2 and No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, Louisville is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in history. Previously, their highest seed was No. 3 in 2009, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Louisville is making its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance in 2018. The Cardinals reach the NCAA Tournament for the eighth-consecutive season – 10th overall under head coach Jeff Walz – and the 13th time in the last 14 years. Louisville has moved on to the Sweet 16 seven times and advanced to the NCAA Final Four twice (2009, 2013) in its last nine tournament appearances.

Walz boasts a 23-9 record (.719) in NCAA Tournament games, ranking him seventh all-time in winning percentage (NCAA minimum of 20 games). Among active coaches, he ranks fourth.

UofL played 15 games against teams that will participate in this year’s NCAA Tournament, boasting a 13-2 record (defeated: Miami (FL), Duke, Virginia (twice), Notre Dame (twice), South Dakota State, Ohio State, Oregon, Syracuse, NC State (twice), Michigan); lost to UConn, Florida State).


Boise State (23-9, 14-4) won the regular-season title and are back-to-back Mountain West Tournament champions. They won the tournament with wins over #8 Air Force, 60-46, #5 Colorado State, 76-51, and #7 Nevada, 62-60, on a buzzer beater by A’Shanti Coleman.

This marks their fifth NCAA tournament appearance and third in the last four years.

BSU enters the NCAA Tournament with wins in its last 10 games with its last loss coming Feb. 3 at UNLV. They have won 15 of their last 17.

They rank 42nd in the country with a 6.0 rebound margin.

Riley Lupfer leads the team in scoring with 16.4 points per game, while shooting 47.1 percent from the field. She ranks fifth in the country with 3.75 3-pt field goals made per game and a 45.8 3-point field goal percentage. She holds the single-season Mountain West record for 3-pointers and ranks eighth in the nation with 120 makes.

Martin Hermida ranks second on the team with 10.8 points per game, while dishing out a team-high 4.8 assists. Shalen Shaw leads the team with 7.0 rebounds and ranks fourth with 9.0 points per game.

Series History: First Meeting


Date: Friday, March 16

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Site: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)

TV: ESPN2; Beth Mowins, play-by-play; Nell Fortner, analyst

Radio: WKRD, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analyst

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  • $14 lower level youth/senior/college student
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