Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14
It was a good day to be a fan of the Louisville Cardinals. Then men’s team knocked off Duke to advance to the Final Four, and the women’s team pulled off an enormous upset of tournament favorite Baylor, and their star player Brittney Griner. The Cardinals held onto a big first half lead to knock off Baylor 82-81. Shoni Schimmel and Antonita Slaughter paced Louisville with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Defensively, Louisville held Brittney Griner to just 14 points. Griner finished her career with 3,283 points, leaving her just 110 shy of the record-holder, Jackie Stiles. The scene in the Louisville locker room after the game was full of emotion and excitement, and that jolliness came to a boil when Thunder superstar Kevin Durant paid the Cardinals a visit. Durant greeted players and posed for pictures as the celebration wrapped up. Freshman Cortnee Walton was so excited to hug Durant, she accidentally hit one of his entourage members in the face. Check out the video of Durant and the Cardinals below.
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