The Bulls were banged up early in the season with Orekhova missing a few games after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her left knee.
Fernandez had to miss the Louisville game that South Florida lost by 20 on Feb. 2 after having an allergic reaction to medication he was taking. He was in the hospital for a few days.
The Bulls were missing guard Tamara Taylor, who suffered a concussion in the quarterfinals. They did have Williams back. She had sprained her ankle in that game.
The Cardinals trailed 20-10 midway through the first half before they got going. Louisville scored 16 of the next 20 points, including three 3-pointers by Shoni Schimmel. Jude Schimmel made a layup to give the Cardinals their first lead of the game at 26-24. Shoni Schimmel’s fourth 3-pointer of the half made it 33-29 at the break.
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