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Louisville Ends Iowa Women's Season With A Thud

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    April 28, 2014 | 3:23 pm
    IOWA CITY Win or go home?

    For the Louisville Cardinals, it was win AND go home.

    Fourth-ranked Louisville shot 64 percent in the first half and crushed any upset hopes by No. 25 Iowa early. The Cardinals cruised in Tuesday's second-round NCAA women's basketball tournament game, 83-53, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

    Last year's national runner-up, Louisville (32-4) is rewarded with the opportunity for further advancement at home.

    The Cardinals will face LSU (21-12) in a regional semifinal Sunday at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville.

    The Tigers upset No. 7 West Virginia, 76-67, Tuesday.

    Iowa didn't lead all night, and retired at 27-9. It was the Hawkeyes' most wins under Coach Lisa Bluder and matched the second winningest campaign in school history.

    But it ended in bitter, ugly fashion.

    Louisville shot to a 7-2 lead, then Iowa got even at 7-7, 9-9 and 11-11.

    But the Hawkeyes managed just one point in a 7:14 span, and that allowed the Cardinals to gain the separation they wouldn't surrender.

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