What: Raleigh Regional final
When: 7 p.m.
Where: RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
Contrasting styles: Jeff Walz spent five seasons assisting coach Brenda Frese at Maryland before taking the head coaching job at Louisville. But as he pointed out yesterday, their two teams have different philosophies: "Maryland does an outstanding job on the offensive end," Walz said. "They can score points as fast as anyone I've seen. ... Defensively, I think we can do a pretty good job of making it tough for teams to score." The Cardinals (32-4) certainly did that in their 56-39 victory over Baylor in the round of 16; they held the Lady Bears to 0-for-8 shooting over the final eight minutes of the first half and 1-for-11 shooting for the last 8:56 of the second half.
Stopping Coleman: Walz said the Cardinals are willing to use double teams against senior Marissa Coleman, should she start to take over as she did against Vanderbilt (42 points). Louisville uses a variety of pressure defenses, with full-court and half-court traps, to force an average of 21.7 turnovers. Senior Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances), the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, leads the country in steals (4.3 per game).
Pressing issue: The Terrapins (31-4) have faced several pressing teams this season - North Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech, Rutgers - and went 6-1; senior point guard Kristi Toliver had 29 assists and 34 turnovers in those games.
Camille Powell, The Washington Post