In its first trip to the women's Final Four, Cal draws one of the biggest Cinderella teams in recent women's NCAA tournament history.
Louisville, a No. 5 seed, advanced to the national semifinals by using an outstanding 3-point shooting barrage to beat top-seeded Baylor. The Cardinals followed that up with another big offensive night in a victory over traditional power Tennessee.
Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb and players discussed facing Louisville during a news conference Wednesday as they got ready to head to New Orleans.
"It's hard to argue that they're the hottest team in the country right now," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "They're clearly an exciting offensive team. You put a lot of fun players on the court at one time and we're going to have a challenge to slow them down."
Cal sophomore Brittany Boyd will likely draw the defensive assignment on Louisville star Shoni Schimmel, a dynamic guard who has scored 46 points in the last two games.