Cardinals are Elite! Louisville downs Oregon State to reach Elite Eight
ALBANY — In an atmosphere that college basketball fans look forward to every year, it did not disappoint. The University of Louisville women’s basketball team, the number one seed in the Albany Region, took care of business and defeated Oregon State 61-44 on Friday night.
No. 1 Louisville 61, No. 4 Oregon State 44
Times Union Center | Albany, New York
Louisville (32-3) | Oregon State (26-8)
Points: Sam Fuehring, Asia Durr – 17
Rebounds: Sam Fuehring – 9
Assists: Arcia Carter, Asia Durr – 4
Steals: Dana Evans – 3
Points: Mikayla Pivec – 17
Rebounds: Taya Corosdale – 9
Assists: Mikayla Pivec – 3
Steals: Aleah Goodman – 1
Louisville Head Coach Jeff Walz
- “We knew coming into this it was going to be a hard fought game…They’re [Oregon State] always very much prepared.”
- “We did a really good job of preparation…our players were confident of what we went over.”
- “I’m really pleased with how our young women played, everyone I thought gave great effort.”
Oregon State Head Coach Scott Rueck
- “They [Louisville] just made the plays to win tonight and that’s what great teams do; they hit big shots early in this game to get the initial separation.”
- “ I loved our effort tonight, however, I thought we played an excellent game with exception of shooting the ball…the ball just didn’t fall and that’s basketball.”
- Sam Fuehring scored 17 points, giving her 1,002 career points. She became the 29th Louisville women’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points.
- With the win over Oregon State, Louisville has reached the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year.
- Louisville shot 40.4 percent (23-57) from the floor, the worst shooting performance so far in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
- Oregon State notched the 14th 20-win season in program history, and its sixth-straight 20-victory campaign. The Beavers have reached the 20-win mark for the seventh time in Scott Rueck’s nine seasons as head coach
- Oregon State’s Joanna Grymek, finished her collegiate career with 1,320 points spanning across her time at Seward County Community College and Oregon State.
- Oregon State scored 44 total points, matching their season low for points in a game (scored 44 points against Stanford on February 8).
Louisville (32-3) will come back to the Times Union Center on Sunday, March 31 to take on No. 2 seed Connecticut (34-2) in the Regional Finals. The winner of that game will earn a berth to the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa Bay, Florida.