McCoughtry leads Louisville to first Elite 8

No. 3 seed Louisville (31-4) advanced to their first Elite 8 appearance Saturday with a 56-39 win over No. 2 seed Baylor in the regional semifinals.

Angel McCoughtry led Louisville with 22 points and 12 rebounds but it was senior forward Candyce Bingham who hit two critical three-pointers late in the game to help the Cardinals pull away in their regional semifinal matchup against the Bears.

With Louisville ahead just 38-37 with a little more than seven minutes remaining, Bingham drained a three that ignited a decisive 12-0 run in the closing minutes. Bingham's second three with 3:45 left gave Louisville a 47-37 lead.

"We knew they were going to make their run," McCoughtry said. "It's about being mentally tough."

Bingham finished with 15 points and 15 boards. McCoughtry and Bingham were the only two players for Louisville who scored in double-figures. The Cardinals struggled offensively, shooting just 37 percent from the floor, including only 25 percent from the three-point line.

But the Cardinals relied on their defense to advance to the Elite 8 for the first time in school history. Louisville held Baylor to 25 percent shooting, including just 2-of-22 three-point shooting. The Cardinals forced 14 turnovers, while out-rebounding the Bears by a 44-21 margin.

"We're making history at Louisville," McCoughtry said following the game.

Louisville will play the winner of Saturday's regional semifinal contest between No. 1 seed Maryland and No. 4 seed Vanderbilt Monday night. The winner of Monday's regional final will advance to the Final Four in St. Louis.

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