On Monday the No. 1 ranked Louisville women’s basketball team will host the No. 2 ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack. As of now, it’s a 1 vs. 2 battle but when the next polls come out on Monday morning, it’s unlikely NC State will hold the number two ranking, following it’s Thursday overtime loss to Virginia Tech. Despite the loss, the Cardinals know not to take their opponent lightly. “I think they’re really talented, really deep at every position and honestly, we’re just really excited for the match-up,” Louisville guard Kianna Smith said. “I know they lost (on Thursday), so I know they’ll be amped and ready to go against us on Monday and we’re just ready for the moment.” The UofL women are the only undefeated team in the latest AP top 25 poll. At 16-0, the Cards are off to their best start since the 2017-18 season. Smith says, although the game will have some added electricity — the Cards will be preparing for the Pack just like any other team. “Definitely there’s extra emotion,” Smith said. “We just approach it as another game. Prepare for the same way as we do for NC State, as we did for Carolina, or for Wake. So same preparation but definitely some extra emotion there.”Even though NC State was upset on Thursday, they were shorthanded. The team’s leading scorer — Elissa Cunane — was out with an injury. Louisville head coach Jeff Walz believes NC State should still be the second ranked team come Monday’s tip-off. “To be honest with you, if I’m a voter, I’m keeping them at two,” Walz said. “Knowing the fact that they just played without one of their leading scorers, their leading post presence.”Cunane leads the team in scoring at rebounding. Another nugget about this upcoming game, it could be a deciding factor as to which team wins the ACC regular season title — both teams are one and two in the conference and this will be the only time they face each other during the regular season. “It just shows how good our league is because if you don’t come prepared, it can get ugly in a hurry,” Walz said. “So, it’s going to be a tight race — I think — all the way through.”The women’s game will be the second game happening on Monday at the Yum! Center. The first one will feature the UofL men taking on Georgia Tech at 2 p.m.The second one will be the highly ranked match-up between no. 1 Louisville and no. 2 (as of Sunday) North Carolina State.Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

On Monday the No. 1 ranked Louisville women’s basketball team will host the No. 2 ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack.

As of now, it’s a 1 vs. 2 battle but when the next polls come out on Monday morning, it’s unlikely NC State will hold the number two ranking, following it’s Thursday overtime loss to Virginia Tech.

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Despite the loss, the Cardinals know not to take their opponent lightly.

“I think they’re really talented, really deep at every position and honestly, we’re just really excited for the match-up,” Louisville guard Kianna Smith said. “I know they lost (on Thursday), so I know they’ll be amped and ready to go against us on Monday and we’re just ready for the moment.”

The UofL women are the only undefeated team in the latest AP top 25 poll.

At 16-0, the Cards are off to their best start since the 2017-18 season.

Smith says, although the game will have some added electricity — the Cards will be preparing for the Pack just like any other team.

“Definitely there’s extra emotion,” Smith said. “We just approach it as another game. Prepare for the same way as we do for NC State, as we did for Carolina, or for Wake. So same preparation but definitely some extra emotion there.”

Even though NC State was upset on Thursday, they were shorthanded.

The team’s leading scorer — Elissa Cunane — was out with an injury.

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz believes NC State should still be the second ranked team come Monday’s tip-off.

“To be honest with you, if I’m a voter, I’m keeping them at two,” Walz said. “Knowing the fact that they just played without one of their leading scorers, their leading post presence.”

Cunane leads the team in scoring at rebounding.

Another nugget about this upcoming game, it could be a deciding factor as to which team wins the ACC regular season title — both teams are one and two in the conference and this will be the only time they face each other during the regular season.

“It just shows how good our league is because if you don’t come prepared, it can get ugly in a hurry,” Walz said. “So, it’s going to be a tight race — I think — all the way through.”

The women’s game will be the second game happening on Monday at the Yum! Center.

The first one will feature the UofL men taking on Georgia Tech at 2 p.m.

The second one will be the highly ranked match-up between no. 1 Louisville and no. 2 (as of Sunday) North Carolina State.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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