The University of Louisville women's basketball team didn't get into the Lexington Regional as expected.
But the Cardinals still got a pair of home games, earning the No. 3 seed in the Dallas Region and hosting the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds this weekend at the KFC Yum Center.
"It's huge for us to play at home," sophomore Myisha Hines-Allen said. "Our fans are the best and I know they will be there for us. It will be fun to play two more games in front of them."
Louisville (25-7) will play No. 14 seed Central Arkansas on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The first game of the day will pit DePaul vs. James Madison at noon with the winners slated to play on Sunday.
The Cardinals are making their19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament – sixth straight – and eighth in nine years with Jeff Walz as the head coach of the program. Louisville has won 24 of its last 27 games after starting the season at 1-4.
Hines-Allen was named ACC Player of the Year and averages 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds a game.
Central Arkansas (28-3) has won nine straight games and captured the Southland Conference Tournament and its the first trip to the NCAA Tournament since the Sugar Bears moved to Division I. The Sugar Bears went 16-2 in league play, finishing second in the regular-season standings. Maggie Proffitt is leading the team in scoring (14.3), while Brianna Mullins is producing 10.5 points and has dished out 110 assists, making her one of two players (Jameka Watkins, 118) with triple-digit assists.