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“It’s going to take the best game we’ve played to date,” Walz said. “We are going to have to play better than we played against Baylor, Tennessee and Cal. We’re going to have to play 40 minutes of pretty much perfect basketball.”

That will start with Schimmel, who has been incredible all tournament. Whether hitting 3-pointers from way behind the line, a behind-the-back bounce pass to her sister Jude, or an over-the-head fling against Griner, Schimmel has been a star for the fifth-seeded Cardinals.

“We’re not done with what we’ve come out here to do and that’s win a national championship,” Schimmel said. “Why not go out with a bang?”

Louisville can become the lowest seed to win a NCAA championship on the women’s side. Villanova, as an eight seed, was the lowest ever to win it on the men’s side back in 1985.

No matter who wins, the Big East conference will have a ninth national championship. The conference, which will split apart after this season, has been the most dominant in women’s basketball over the past decade.

“It’s a special thing,” Walz said. “Every time you turn on a Final Four there’s Big East teams playing in it. This is the best league in women’s basketball.”

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