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FINALS WATCH: Cheers from New Orleans

Monday - 4/8/2013, 11:37pm  ET

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz, right, and his players talk during a news conference for the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament final, Monday, April 8, 2013, in New Orleans. Louisville plays Connecticut in the championship game on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The Associated Press

Shoni Schimmel and the Louisville women's team walked into their New Orleans hotel lobby and received a standing ovation from the hundreds of fans who were there to watch the men's team play.

Fans held up signs with a giant glass sneaker with the words "Cinderella Story" adorned on it. Louisville is playing Connecticut in the women's final on Tuesday night.

"We got a lobby full of people cheering on the men's team excited for our game," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "I expect a bus load or two to come down from Atlanta. It's a great time to be a Cardinal. We're both competing for a championship and we'll see what happens."

-- Doug Feinberg -- http://twitter.com/@dougfeinberg

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