Cards ‘shocked' by three-seed

After the best season in school history – a regular-season that ended with a school-best 29-4 record and second place finish in the Big East behind top-ranked UConn – Louisville coach Jeff Walz and the Lady Cards were ‘shocked' they were given a #3-seed in Baton Rouge, La.

"I think we're all kind of shocked. We're excited to be playing but I'd love to hear their rationale for us being a three seed," Walz said. "Our RPI is about a four; our strength of schedule was about 10th. We may have been better off not to win that Pitt game and get to the championship game of the Big East because of the way we played…..

"It's discouraging because we went 29-4 and lost two games to UConn. I'm not exactly sure what they looked at…we played five teams in our non-conference that won their league tournament. I have no understanding but that's OK."

Louisville wanted to play their first two rounds in Bowling Green – a little closer venue for Cardinal fans to attend. That seemed doable for a team that went 14-2 in a league that sent seven teams into the NCAA Tournament, including the seemingly invincible UConn Huskies and reached the championship game of the Big East Tournament.

"There is no respect for them, there's no question about that," Walz said. "I would think we did enough to earn the right to play there (Bowling Green). It should give us extra motivation to go out and prove to everybody that we weren't seeded like we've done this whole year. The seed does not reflect that."

Louisville boasts one of the nation's best players – All-American forward Angel McCoughtry. McCoughtry averaged 23.5 points and more than nine rebounds this season. She led the Cardinals to the NCAA Sweet 16 last season – the best tournament finish in school history. McCoughtry hopes to go a couple rounds father this season.

"We're disappointed but who cares about the seed?" McCoughtry said. "We've just got to go out there and play. None of that stuff matters when you step out on the court. We're going to come out and play and try to get to St. Louis."

Senior Candyce Bingham, who is second on the team in scoring (12.3) and rebounding (7.2), said the Cardinals have a lot to prove.

"We're going to go out and prove to people we're not a fluke," Bingham said.

Louisville is the No.3 seed in the Raleigh Region. The Cards will face the 14th seeded Liberty on Sunday, March 22 in Baton Rouge, La. at approximately 9:30 p.m.

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