OKLAHOMA CITY – Louisville shot its way to one of the biggest upsets in the history of the women’s NCAA tournament, stunning Brittney Griner and Baylor on Sunday in the Oklahoma City Regional semifinals.
Shoni Schimmel scored 22 points, and Monique Reid hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to lift the fifth-seeded Cardinals over the defending national champions, 82-81, ending Griner’s incredible career.
Odyssey Sims scored 29 points and hit a pair of free throws with 9.1 seconds left to give the 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 Griner on her way to the basket.
The 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.
It was the end of a remarkable college career for Griner, a record-setting 6-foot-8 post player who ended up as the second-highest scoring player in NCAA history.
Griner, who averaged 33 points in Baylor’s first two games in the tournament, didn’t make a basket until she converted a putback with 15:20 left in the second half. She wound up with 14 points and 10 rebounds.