U of L women shock No. 1 Bayor, 82-81, to complete Cardinals' big Sunday

03/31/2013 07:55 PM

The University of Louisville women hung on with a dramatic final two minutes to take down top-ranked Baylor, 82-81, in the Sweet 16 of the Women’s NCAA Tournament on Sunday night.

The Lady Cardinals improved to 27-6 and sent Baylor to just their second loss in 36 games this season. UofL held the nation’s best player, Brittney Griner, to 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting. But Odyssey Sims had a monster game for Baylor with 29 points and most of the Lady Bears’ scoring down the stretch.

Shoni Schimmel led the way for the Cards with 22 points before fouling out. Antonita Slaughter added 21 points and six rebounds.

UofL led by 10 points at halftime and as many as 19. The Cardinals kept Baylor at arm’s length until the final two minutes.

Louisville got hit with a team technical with 2:01 left in the game still clinging to a 78-72 lead. Baylor’s Odyssey Sims hit both free throws and hit a jumper to pull within two points and 1:52 to play.

After UofL and Baylor traded shots, Sims then hit a three pointer to pull within a point with 37 seconds left, 80-79.

Griner snared the rebound from the missed free throw by Monique Reid, but Kimetria Hayden turned it over on the other end giving UofL the ball with 16 seconds left. Then Louisville’s Jude Schimmel lost the ball to Sims.

Sara Hammond fouled Sims with nine seconds left. Sims gave Baylor the lead, 81-80.

Then Griner fouled Reid with two seconds left putting UofL on top, 82-80.

After committing just a single foul in the first half, the Cardinals committed 16 in the second half allowing Baylor to claw back into the game.

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