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Louisville advances to Final Four with win over Michigan

Hailey Van Lith cuts down the net after Louisville’s Elite Eight win. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hailey Van Lith scored a game-high 22 points to lead No. 1 seed Louisville to a 62-50 win against No. 3 seed Michigan on Monday. The Cardinals earned their first Final Four berth since 2018 with the victory.

Van Lith scored at least 20 points for the fourth straight game, becoming the first Cardinal to accomplish that feat in the NCAA tournament. She scored a game-high 23 points in the Cardinals’ win against Tennessee on Saturday.

While Van Lith dominated the game, forward Olivia dominated the final minutes. She had nine points in the game, but six of them came in the final two minutes. She scored three layups in a row to stretch what had been a two-point Louisville lead to eight with 34 seconds remaining.

Michigan’s Naz Hillmon posted 18 points, but she was the only Wolverines player to score in double digits. She also added 11 rebounds.

Louisville moves on to play the overall No. 1 seed South Carolina in the national semifinals in Minneapolis on Friday.

The Cardinals and the Gamecocks will face off in the early game, which is set to tip off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, and then UConn will take on Stanford starting at 9:30 p.m. ET.