Last Updated 12:00 AM, March 29, 2022

Louisville, Van Lith pull away from Michigan to advance to the Final Four

Hailey Van Lith drops 22 points in Louisville's Elite Eight win over Michigan
2:57 am, March 29, 2022

Louisville holds off Michigan to claim last Final Four spot

Louisville women's basketball beat Michigan in the Elite Eight

Louisville's defense denied Michigan its first Final Four appearance.

The Cardinals (29-4) led most of the game before holding Michigan scoreless for the last 5:40 to finally secure a 62-50 win Monday night to take the last Final Four spot, joining No. 1 South Carolina, No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 UConn. Louisville's fourth Final Four trip in history will mean a matchup with top overall seed South Carolina on Friday night.

Hailey Van Lith topped 20 points for a Louisville-record fourth consecutive tournament game, this time posting a game-high 22 points. Teammate Chelsie Hall added 15 points and made three 3-pointers.

Michigan (25-7) got another double-double from star Naz Hillmon (18 points, 11 rebounds), but Michigan finished with only 16 field goals and shot 34.8 percent. Though the Wolverines missed their first eight shots, they battled and used 15 for 20 shooting from the line to help keep it close before the Cardinals closed on a 10-0 run.

2:35 am, March 29, 2022

Louisville clings to small lead entering 4Q

Louisville plays Michigan

Louisville continues to lead, but Michigan is well within striking distance of its first Final Four.

The No. 1 Cardinals are up 45-43 through three quarters, but they were up 9 with 2:47 to go in the period. Michigan star Naz Hillmon is up to 15 points and has been an efficient 9 for 11 from the foul line and one key block.

Chelsie Hall and Hailey Van Lith are a combined 13 for 20 for 30 points, but Michigan is plus-12 from the foul line.

1:56 am, March 29, 2022

Louisville holding slim halftime lead as Michigan rallies

Louisville led by as many as seven, but the Cardinals are clinging to a 30-27 halftime lead in the last Elite Eight game. The winner joins South Carolina, Stanford and UConn in the Final Four.

Michigan missed its first eight shots but have since gone 10 for 14 to climb back. As expected, Naz Hillmon leads the way with nine points.

The teams have combined for 19 turnovers, with Louisville taking advantage — a 14-2 edge in points off turnovers. Chelsie Hall's perfect 3 for 3 shooting beyond the arc helped her total 13 points by half.

1:31 am, March 29, 2022

Louisville leads Michigan by 4 as offenses pick up late | End 1st

Both No. 1 Louisville and No. 3 Michigan are starting to warm up a bit after a very slow start offensively. The Cardinals lead 17-13 after the first.

Though the Wolverines, playing the Elite Eight for the first time, missed their first eight shots, Michigan stayed close enough to make a run once shots began to fall. Maddie Nolan is 2 for 3 on 3-pointers off the bench for Michigan. Chelsie Hall is 2 for 2 from distance, helping Louisville convert on four 3-pointers in the first period.

The thrilling 2OT game between NC State and UConn in the Bridgeport Region pushed the start of this one to ESPNU.


11:23 am, March 27, 2022

Monday's Elite 8 schedule

USA TODAY Sports The NC State Wolfpack celebrate defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Webster Bank Arena.

Only two spots remain to be filled in the Final Four after No.1 Stanford and South Carolina secured Final Four places on Sunday night. 

Tonight, No. 1 NC State battles No. 2 UConn as NC State looks to reach its first Final Four since 1998. That is followed by the final Elite Eight matchup , which features No. 1 Louisville and No. 3 Michigan. An upset by Michigan would mark the first-ever Final Four appearance in program history. 

Here's tonight's schedule (all times ET):

1:00 am, March 27, 2022

Michigan advances to first Elite Eight in program history

No. 3 Michigan has moved on to its first Elite Eight in program history with a 52-49 win over No. 10 South Dakota. 

It all came down to the final minute when the Coyotes tied it with 52 seconds. Michigan’s Lalia Phelia came up clutch when her number was called. Having not attempted a shot in the second half prior, she scored her 14th and most important point to give her team the lead with 23 seconds left. 

South Dakota’s Kyah Watson had a look at a possible game-tying 3 in the closing seconds but missed to give the Wolverines the win. 

The tough defense from both sides didn’t stop Michigan’s Naz Hillmon from getting 17 points and 10 rebounds. She got out to a slow start in the first quarter with zero points but bounced back and finished strong. 

The Wolverines will continue their memorable run with their next game against No. 1 Louisville on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.

10:20 pm, March 26, 2022

Louisville holds off Tennessee

No. 1 Louisville will move on to its fourth consecutive Elite Eight and seventh in program history after a 76-64 win over No. 4 Tennessee. 

The Cardinals were able to keep the Lady Vols at bay for the majority of the game. UL’s lockdown defense was a huge factor in the win, forcing 18 turnovers with 21 points off of them. Tennessee did make a final push in the third quarter to bring the deficit to five going into the fourth, but Louisville held strong.

The three mainstays in the Cardinal’s offense, Emily Engstler, Hailey Van Lith and Kianna Smith, showed up. The three combined for 55 points. 

Louisville can now bring its attention to their Elite Eight and a shot at its fourth Final Four appearance. The Cards will face the winner of No. 3 Michigan and No. 10 South Dakota on Monday.