Road to the Final Four a look inside Louisville women's basketball 2018 ncaa tournament run

First Round - Louisville 72, Boise State 42

Beginning NCAA play as a top seed for the first time in school history, the Cardinals (33-2) used quick spurts early in both halves, along with defense, to cruise to victory.

Second Round - Louisville 90, Marquette 72

"It was my last game here. I wanted to go out with a win, and my teammates got that for me. I'm just so thankful to make it here this far and have great teammates around me and wonderful fans... The fan support has been amazing." - Myisha Hines-Allen, Senior

Defense again was a big factor for Louisville, which dominated the rebounding margin 42-26 and disrupted Marquette's rhythm to set up chances on the other end. The Cardinals (34-2) advanced to their second consecutive Sweet 16 and will play 80 miles east in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Sweet 16 - Louisville 86, Stanford 59

Louisville quelled concerns about handling Stanford's tough defense with a fast tempo and athleticism that consistently converted opportunities. Hines-Allen made 8 of 15 baskets and surpassed 2,000 career points, which ranks third place all-time.

"If we can keep winning, I'm telling you, we could win a National Championship, and our kids would want to play the next day because that's all we talk about is just one game at a time. We don't get caught up in the moment. Sure, will we sit there and enjoy this? Of course we will. But we know there's bigger fish to fry, but I'm telling you, this group of kids, they love -- they just love being around each other. They love playing with each other, and we have fun... Life's too short." - Jeff Walz

The Elite 8 - Louisville 76, Oregon State 43

Asia Durr scored 18 points, Myisha Hines-Allen added 16 and top-seeded Louisville earned its first Final Four berth since 2013. Playing its first regional final in four years, the Cardinals (36-2) never trailed in rolling to their 11th consecutive victory.

"It's their character. It's who they are. It's what they do off the floor. You can't be a great basketball team and have the results you want if you don't carry it over in your personal life. And we truly do have wonderful young women who are wonderful role models to my children, to Coach Purcell's children, and that means more to me than winning basketball games." - Jeff Walz
"It’s amazing. I feel like I’m dreaming. The reason I said I feel like I’m dreaming is because I haven’t cried yet. ACC Championship, I didn’t cry, so I still feel like I’m dreaming like I’m living this dream. It’s a good dream. I don’t want to wake up, but we keep winning." - Jazmine Jones, Sophomore

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