Louisville and USF look to advance to Sweet 16
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Louisville and South Florida bring contrasting programs into their second-round NCAA Tournament game Monday night.
Louisville is seeking its sixth trip to the Sweet 16 and used tough defense to force 30 turnovers in the Cardinals 86-53 win over BYU in a first round game Saturday.
South Florida has never reached the round of 16 and used up tempo play to defeat LSU 73-64 in its NCAA opener Saturday.
''The one thing that we take great pride here at Louisville is the ability to play different ways for different opponents,'' Cardinals coach Jeff Walz said. ''We're quite aware we're not going to be able to play that same way defensively, so we'll have to figure out a new game plan and move on from there.''
Myisha Hines-Allen had 19 points and eight rebounds in Louisville's win.
''I just have to carry it on to the next game, that's my main focus right now,'' she said.
USF came within an 82-78 overtime loss to California of reaching the Sweet 16 two years ago. The emerging program didn't start a senior in the LSU victory.
''We're going to continue to build this thing,'' South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said. ''I've just enjoyed coming in everyday and coaching these guys. We're young and we've got all these guys back.''
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USF guard Courtney Williams got her team-high 17 points on just 7 of 25 shooting.
''I've got to do better than that,'' she said. ''Definitely have to shoot better than that.''
Fernandez called the Bulls 36.9 percent shooting (24 for 65) ''uncharacteristic.''
South Florida entered making 43 percent of its shots.
Louisville has dominated the series between the teams, winning 26 of 30.
Louisville is a No. 3 seed for the third time, and had good success the previous two times.
The Cardinals have gone 8-2, reaching the Final Four in 2009 and the Elite 8 last season.
''We're looking forward to the opportunity to advance on,'' Walz said.
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The Bulls are making their third NCAA Tournament appearance, and have their highest seed at No. 6.
South Florida has also played regularly in the WNIT, winning that tournament title in 2009 with a 75-71 win over Kansas.
''This is what we've been working for,'' Williams said.