Led by a 21-point effort from guard Hailey Van Lith, Louisville scored a 73–51 road win over Texas on Monday, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the sixth consecutive tournament. Immediately afterward, Van Lith was not the most popular person in Austin—at least among the Longhorns players.
As the teams lined up to shake hands after the game, Van Lith and Texas guard Sonya Morris had what appeared to be a contentious exchange. Morris kept ahold of Van Lith’s hand while speaking to her until Van Lith pushed her hands away and kept walking down the handshake line without speaking to her.
After the game, Van Lith was asked about the encounter, and chalked up the interaction to frustration without divulging specific details on what was said.
“I think there was some frustration going on. All respect, Texas is a great team. I don’t have anything to say,” Van Lith told reporters after the game, per Alexis Cubit of the Courier-Journal. “I’m not gonna let no one disrespect me. But my teammates got my back. And I don’t have nothing bad to say. They’re coached great. They have great players. So it is what it is. People are sad when they lose, I’d be sad too.”
Van Lith played all 40 minutes of the game, shooting 9-for-15 from the field with three assists and two steals. Louisville will face No. 8 seed Ole Miss in the Sweet 16 on Friday in Seattle.