The No. 4 seed Louisville women’s basketball team is set to begin its journey at the 2023 Ally ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday afternoon and they now know who they will be going up against. The Cardinals will face off with the No. 12 seed Wake Forest Demon Deacons, after they defeated Florida State in the second round on Thursday. It will be the Demon Deacons third game in three days as they defeated Virginia in the first round on Wednesday. Louisville and Wake Forest will be the first of four quarterfinal matchups on Friday and it will begin at 11 a.m. ET and aired nationally on the ACC Network.

This will be the ninth appearance for the Cardinals in the ACC Tournament since they joined the league in the 2014-15 season. Louisville holds a 12-7 all-time record at the tournament, have made the finals three times and won the 2018 tournament championship. This will be the eighth time in their nine appearances that Louisville has a Top-4 seed.

The end of season ACC awards were announced this past week and the Cardinals had two players on the respective teams. Hailey Van Lith was named to the First Team All-ACC and Mykasa Robinson was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team. It was the second-straight season Van Lith earned first team honors and the third-straight year Robinson was named to the All-Defensive team. Robinson is the first player since 2017 to make the All-Defensive team in three-straight seasons. 

Date: Friday, March 3
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Site: Greensboro, N.C. | Greensboro Coliseum (20,000)
TV: ACC Network (Pam Ward, play-by-play; Stephanie White, analyst)
Radio: 93.9-FM WLCL (Nick Curran, play-by-play; Cortnee Walton, analyst)
Last Meeting: L, 57-68 (Jan. 26, 2023 at Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Series History: Louisville leads 9-1 (4-0 home, 4-1 away, 1-0 neutral)

Wake Forest comes into the quarterfinal matchup with a 16-15 record and they finished 5-13 in ACC play. The No. 12 seed Demon Deacons have won two games already in Greensboro after defeating No. 13 seed Virginia (68-57) in the first round and No. 5 seed Florida State (65-54) in the second round. Wake Forest is one of the stingiest teams defensively in the ACC as they only allow 59.5 points per game, a mark that is fourth in the ACC. The Demon Deacons lead the ACC in three-point percentage defense, limiting opponents to .265 shooting from behind the arc. The Cardinals rank second in the ACC in three-point shooting with a .349 mark on the season.

Series History – This will be the 11th meeting all-time between the two schools and the Cardinals are 9-1 all-time against the Demon Deacons. All 10 of the previous meetings have occurred as members of the ACC conference. This will be the second time the two teams have faced off in the ACC Tournament. The previous matchup occurred in the quarterfinals in 2021 and the Cardinals came away with a 65-53 win.

Last Meeting (Jan. 26, 2023) – The University of Louisville women’s basketball team dropped its second game in a row with a 68-57 loss to Wake Forest Thursday night at LJVM Coliseum. The Cardinals fell behind in the third quarter and cut the lead down to two twice in the fourth but were unable to overcome the deficit. Morgan Jones led the Cards with 15 points to go with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. Hailey Van Lith had a team-high five assists to go with eight points and two steals. Olivia Cochran scored in double figures with 11 points and a team-high six rebounds.

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