Despite Elite 8 Loss, Louisville Guard Stays Grounded, Cites Her Faith

John Simmons | March 29, 2023
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Caitlyn Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Louisville Cardinals, 97-83, in the Elite Eight of the women’s March Madness tournament. 

Despite the crushing loss, Cardinals guard Hailey Van Lith carried herself with a level of maturity that most professionals can’t muster.

When asked in a postgame presser if the loss motivated her to do better next year or to prove herself in other settings, Van Lith said that the source of her motivation and worth is neither losses nor external factors, but her faith in God.

“I’m not motivated at all by the fact that they named me honorable mention [on the All-American team],” Van Lith said. “I know who I am and I know what God thinks I am. God doesn’t think I’m an honorable mention. I’ll tell you that right now. I don’t need external motivation.”

Not only is that an excellent one-liner, it shows an incredible level of self-assurance that can’t be shaken by not punching a ticket to the Final Four.

All the best to Van Lith as she moves forward. She's the kind of athlete you love to root for.

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