LOS ANGELES - Two first-round games in the Greensboro Regional will be played here tonight — sixth-seeded Louisville (26-7) faces 11th-seeded Brigham Young (23-9), and third-seeded Arizona State (28-4) meets 14th-seeded UC Riverside (21-10).
Those winners will also play Monday night for a berth in the third round.
No. 25 Louisville enters having split its last 10 games, but as Coach Tom Collen pointed out, two of the losses were to No. 4 Connecticut and two of the other three were at No. 22 Marquette and at Notre Dame.
"I think it was more a reflection of the schedule and where those games were played," Collen said of the 5-5 finish. "We're very proud of the season we've had — arguably the best season we've ever had at the University of Louisville."
Louisville's Angel McCoughtry, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, is one of the most productive players in the country, averaging 21.9 points and 10.6 rebounds.
"She has inside game, outside game, middle game — a really good player," BYU's Dani K. Wright said.
BYU reached the second round of the tournament last year before losing to Oklahoma. The Cougars were also seeded 11th five years ago, when they advanced to the Sweet 16 for the only time in school history.
"Hopefully we can play our best basketball and show a lot of people in the country we have a great program," Cougars Coach Jeff Judkins said.
The game will be the first between Louisville and BYU.