Louisville figures out a way again

Three stats to know on Louisville’s win over Cal that put the Cardinals into the national championship game.

1-- This is just the third time that a school's mens and womens basketball teams will play for a national championship in the same season. The Louisville men’s and women’s teams join the 1999 Duke teams (both of whom lost) and the 2004 Connecticut teams (both of whom won) in that department. No. 5 seed

Louisville’s women’s program earned it, as the lowest seed in Division I history to reach the title game.

2—- Louisville’s 3-point shooting came into play again. The Cardinals made eight three-pointers, and have hit at least that many in each of the last three games. Prior to that, they’d averaged only five 3-pointers in a game this season, hitting them at a 31 percent clip.

They exceeded that shooting percentage on Sunday, making 8-of-21, including 6-of-10 by Antonita Slaughter, who has 17 3-pointers in her last four games.

Halfcourt Comparison
Second Half Sunday

3-- After allowing 12 transition points in the first half, Louisville limited Cal to two transition points after intermission, including no transition opportunities in the final 13:01 of the game.

The slower pace worked to the Cardinals advantage, as they forced a turnover on nine of the 28 Golden Bears half-court possessions in the second half, while holding them to 29 percent percent shooting from the field.