By Sam Draut–
A few hundred Louisville fans made the seven-hour trip to Greensboro, North Carolina to support the U of L women’s basketball team in the ACC tournament.
Although the overall attendance for the conference tournament was low, the Louisville fan base was one of the best represented groups of the 15 teams.
One of the most notable supports was former U of L star and current WNBA player Angel McCoughtry. She received an ovation from Louisville fans as she walked to her seat and then spoke to the U of L team in the locker room after the Cardinals 60-50 quarterfinal win over Georgia Tech.
A few Cardinal fans were excited to watch the team play in the historic Greensboro Coliseum.
“There is so much history tied to this building,” Cardinal fan Ella Matlin said. “It was a great experience visiting the ACC Hall of Champions, this is a great place for college basketball fans.”
Harold Davidson, a U of L graduate, made the trip from Winston-Salem with his family to support his alma mater. Davidson was disappointed by the low fan turnout for the tournament, but pleased he was able to watch the ACC’s second-seeded team in the tournament.
“I don’t get up to Louisville too much, so whenever the Cards play close to me, I have to go watch,” Davidson said. “It’s great knowing that the Cards are one of the best teams in the ACC because I live in the thick of it.”
With the U of L men’s basketball team facing a self-imposed postseason ban, the U of L women’s basketball team is the lone program representing the university in March. Some fans said they would more closely follow the U of L women’s team in the ACC and NCAA tournament because of the postseason ban.
“We want to rally around this team. it’s all we have to look forward to in March,” U of L student Cody Peak said.
Photos by Wade Morgen / The Louisville Cardinal