Forward Monique Reid sank two free throws with 2.6 seconds remaining to give hot-shooting Louisville an 82-81 upset of defending national champion and top-seeded Baylor in the NCAA women's basketball tournament regional semifinals in Oklahoma City.
Shoni Schimmel scored 22 points, including five 3-pointers, and Antonita Slaughter added 21 points, including shooting 7-for-10 on 3-pointers, to lead the fifth-seeded Cardinals (27-8), who connected on a season-best 16 3-pointers and led by as many as 19 points midway through the second half. The Cardinals will face Tennessee in the Elite Eight on Tuesday.
Odyssey Sims scored a season-high 29 points and had six steals for the Bears (34-2), including a pair of free throws with 9.1 seconds left to cap a 24-6 run and give them an 81-80 lead. National Player of the Year Brittney Griner, who didn't score a field goal until the 15:20 mark of the second half, and Jordan Madden each finished with 14 points and Brooklyn Pope added 10 for the Bears, who had their nation's best 32-game win streak snapped.
Slaughter connected on all five of her 3-point attempts en route to 15 points, and the Cardinals were 8-for-11 beyond the arc in the first half while building a 39-29 halftime lead, Baylor's biggest halftime deficit in 73 games. Griner, who was double- and triple-teamed each time she received the ball in the post, was held to four points and 0-for-4 shooting from the field.
No. 1 Notre Dame 93, No. 12 Kansas 63: Skylar Diggins registered 27 points to become the Fighting Irish's all-time leading scorer and added nine assists as the Fighting Irish crushed the Jayhawks in the Sweet Sixteen in Norfolk, Va.
Diggins, an All-American and the Big East Conference Player of the Year, scored 22 points in the first half and shot 11-for-19 overall for Notre Dame (34-1), passing current associate coach Beth (Morgan) Cunningham as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,323 points.
No. 2 Duke 53, No. 6 Nebraska 45: Tricia Liston registered 17 points and eight rebounds as the Blue Devils held the Cornhuskers to a season-low scoring output en route to their fourth consecutive Sweet 16 victory.
Alexis Jones added 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Duke (33-2). Elizabeth Williams chipped in 10 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks.
No. 2 Tennessee 74, No. 6 Oklahoma 59: Kamiko Williams scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the first half as the Lady Volunteers rolled over the Sooners in a regional semifinal in Oklahoma City.
Tennessee (27-7) will play Louisville on Tuesday with a trip to its first Final Four since 2008 on the line. Cierra Burdick scored 13 points for the Lady Volunteers, and Taber Spani and Isabelle Harrison both added 12 as Tennessee won for the 10th time in its past dozen games.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun