published Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Louisville women upset No. 1 Baylor in NCAA tourney

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    Baylor 's Brittney Griner (42) shoots Sunday as Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel (23) defends in their regional semifinal game in the women's NCAA tournament in Oklahoma City.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Shoni Schimmel scored 22 points and Monique Reid hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to lift sixth-seeded Louisville to a stunning 82-81 upset of top-ranked, defending national champion Baylor on Sunday night in the regional semifinals of the NCAA women’s tournament.

Odyssey Sims scored 28 points and hit a pair of free throws with 9.1 seconds left to give the Lady Bears (34-2) their only lead of the game.

Reid caught an inbounds pass near the baseline after that and went coast to coast before getting fouled by All-American Brittney Griner on her way to the basket.

Sims had one last chance to save Baylor’s season after Reid’s free throws but was off-target and late on a desperation heave.

The Lady Bears had been practically invincible for the past four months, winning 32 straight games mostly by double digits.

Louisville (27-8) tied an NCAA record with 16 3-pointers to pull off the upset.

The Cardinals will take on No. 2 seed Tennessee on Tuesday night for a trip to the women's Final Four.

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