The University of Louisville women's basketball team will face Chattanooga on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

The University of Louisville women's basketball team will face Chattanooga on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will played at the KFC Yum Center.

The University of Louisville women's basketball team gets a familiar face in the NCAA Tournament opener.

The Cardinals will open on Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum Center against a Chattanooga team they beat 63-47 on Nov. 21 in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

"We know it's going to be a tough game," U of L coach Jeff Walz said. "They have improved since then and it will be a challenge. Our girls are excited to be at home but we know it won't be easy for us."

The Cardinals earned the No. 4 seed in the Oklahoma City Region and will play on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

The Cardinals (27-7) are making a 20th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, the ninth in 10 years under head coach Jeff Walz. Since his arrival in 2007-08, the Cardinals have compiled a 21-8 record in the postseason event and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2009 and 2013.

In the first game against Chattanooga, Mariya Moore had nine points and seven assists and Myisha Hines-Allen added seven points and 10 rebounds to pace the Cardinals.

Chattanooga (21-10) has won its last six games, including its 18th Southern Conference Tournament crown.

Here's a closer look at Chattanooga:

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.

Enrollment: 11,338

Nickname: Mocs

Head coach: Jim Foster (103-26 in his fourth season at Chattanooga). He is the former head coach at St. Joseph's, Vanderbilt and Ohio State and is the 11th coach in women's history to surpass the 800-win mark. He has 886 career victories and is in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Conference: Southern Conference Tournament (Mocs went 12-2 in the league and won the tournament championship).

All-time series: Chattanooga leads 5-2.

Most recent meeting: Louisville won 63-47 on Nov. 21.

Notables: The Mocs are on a six-game winning streak and will be making their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance. Jasmine Joyner, one of four all-conference selections, was named the league’s defensive player of the year. She is averaging 13.2 points and 10.6 rebounds to go with a nation-leading 122 blocks. Senior Queen Alford, junior Chelsey Shumpert and Keiana Gilbert and freshman Lakelyn Bouldin were honore on either the regular-season or tournament All-SoCon teams.


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