Schimmel, Louisville bowl past Tennessee into Final Four

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One mammoth upset wasn't enough for Shoni Schimmel and plucky Louisville. Going through two of the sport's powers, the Cardinals are Final Four bound.

Schimmel scored 24 points and Louisville beat second-seeded Tennessee, 86-78, last night in Oklahoma City to earn the school's second trip to the Final Four.

Two nights after taking down Brittney Griner and defending national champion Baylor, the fifth-seeded Cardinals (28-8) built a 20-point lead, then withstood a second-half comeback by the powerhouse Lady Vols (27-8).

"We're the ugly ducklings that ruined the party," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "No one gave us a chance and we shocked everybody."

Taber Spani led the Vols with 20 points.

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Diggins spurs Irish. Skylar Diggins shook off early foul trouble to score 24 points and Notre Dame rallied to beat Duke, 87-76, in Norfolk, Va., to earn its third consecutive trip to the Final Four and yet a fourth matchup with Connecticut.

Kayla McBride added 18 points and Jewell Loyd and Natalie Achonwa had 17 each as the Fighting Irish (35-1) won their school-record 30th in a row.

Trailing by six at the half, Notre Dame took control with a 15-2 run early in the second half to take a 50-42 lead.

The Irish have beaten UConn three times this season, by one and two points and in overtime.-- AP

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