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Lady Vols rout Sooners, 74-59, to reach regional final

  • Tennessee guard Kamiko Williams (4) shoots over Oklahoma guard Jasmine Hartman (45) in the first half of a regional semifinal in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Tennessee guard Kamiko Williams (4) shoots over Oklahoma guard Jasmine Hartman (45) in the first half of a regional semifinal in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Tennessee guard Kamiko Williams (4) shoots over Oklahoma guard Jasmine Hartman (45) in the first half of a regional semifinal in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Tennessee guard Kamiko Williams (4) shoots over Oklahoma guard Jasmine Hartman (45) in the first half of a regional semifinal in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel, left, and guard Antonita Slaughter, top, pressure Baylor guard Jordan Madden (3) as she looks for a teammate to pass to in the first half of a regional semifinal game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel, left, and guard Antonita Slaughter, top, pressure Baylor guard Jordan Madden (3) as she looks for a teammate to pass to in the first half of a regional semifinal game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Tennessee guard Kamiko Williams (4) shoots over Oklahoma guard Jasmine Hartman (45) in the first half of a regional semifinal in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • Tennessee guard Kamiko Williams (4) shoots over Oklahoma guard Jasmine Hartman (45) in the first half of a regional semifinal in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel, left, and guard Antonita Slaughter, top, pressure Baylor guard Jordan Madden (3) as she looks for a teammate to pass to in the first half of a regional semifinal game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

In one of the biggest upsets in the history of the NCAA women’s tournament, fifth-seeded Louisville got a stunning 82-81 upset of defending national champion Baylor in the regional semifinals last night.

Shoni Schimmel scored 22 points and Monique Reid hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to send the Cardinals to the win.

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.

“I told our kids we’re going to come out and fire it up. We got nothing to lose,” Louisville Coach Jeff Walz said. “Our goal was to make this a street ball game.”

Sims dropped to the floor after her miss, pulling her jersey over her face and kicking her legs as she lay flat on her back.

Griner squatted near her and slapped the floor with both hands before pulling Sims up to her feet.

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 had 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, making only four of her 10 shots and being a relative non-factor for her considerable stature.

Louisville surrounded Griner as she has been most of her career, and her teammates were unusually unable to hit outside shots and relieve the pressure.

It was Sims who eventually led Baylor’s attempted comeback from a 17-point deficit in the final 7½ minutes, after Louisville’s barrage of 3-pointers finally came to an end.

Antonita Slaughter hit seven 3-pointers for 21 points and Shoni Schimmel had five 3s.

“These kids followed the game plan to perfection. I gotta give all the credit to them,” Walz said. “They believe in what we do as a coaching staff.”

Oklahoma City Regional

Tennessee 74, Oklahoma 59

Kamiko Williams scored 15 points, Cierre Burdick had 13 and second-seeded Tennessee routed Oklahoma, 74-59, in the regional semifinals of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament yesterday.

The Lady Vols (27-7) opened a 20-point lead in the first half and never let Oklahoma make a comeback, improving to 26-5 in regional semifinals.

Tennessee will face either top-ranked Baylor or No. 5 seed Louisville tomorrow night in the elite eight. The Lady Vols have lost in the regional finals the past two seasons and haven’t made it to the Final Four since winning the national title in 2008.

Tennessee also went through an Oklahoma City regional on its way to the championship that season, with Candace Parker leading the way.

Sharane Campbell scored 22 points and Joanna McFarland had 14 for No. 6 seed Oklahoma (24-11), which got an upset to make it to the round of 16, but couldn’t capitalize on a friendly home environment in the Oklahoma City regional. McFarland also matched her career best with 16 rebounds.

The Lady Vols dissected Oklahoma’s defense early on, getting easy baskets right under the hoop and putting together a 20-3 run to take control while keeping the Sooners’ hometown crowd from getting involved.

NORFOLK REGIONAL

Duke 53, Nebraska 45

Duke Coach Joanne P. McCallie is growing weary of people expecting the Blue Devils to roll over teams in the NCAA tournament.

“We don’t want to be pretty, we want to advance,” McCallie said after the Blue Devils struggled offensively but used a solid defensive to beat Nebraska in the Norfolk Regional.

“We want to advance. We want to find a way to keep going,” McCallie said.

Duke will play top-seeded Notre Dame tomorrow night for a berth in the Final Four.

Tricia Liston had 17 points and eight rebounds and Alexis Jones had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Blue Devils shook off another slow start by using a 12-0 run to take the lead by halftime and then hang on with their defense.

The Cornhuskers (25-9), in the round of 16 for just the second time in school history, shot 30.3 percent and hit just three of 24 3-point tries.

Lindsey Moore led the Cornhuskers with 11 points, but on 5-of-18 shooting. Nebraska’s leading scorer, Jordan Hooper, who averages 18.2 points, left with an ankle injury with eight minutes left and scored just six points, missing 11 of her 14 shots.

Notre Dame 93, Kansas 63

Skylar Diggins was already having such a great day, her coach figured she might as well make it historic.

The Notre Dame point guard scored 22 of her 27 points by halftime and became the school’s career scoring leader, leading the top-seeded Fighting Irish over Kansas in the semifinals of the Norfolk Regional.

Coach Muffet McGraw had forgotten all about Diggins’s pursuit of the school scoring mark until the game was well in hand. When she asked, she was told the senior was just two points away from passing assistant coach Beth Cunningham.

“I told her, ‘You’re coming out in 30 seconds. You might as well get one more,’ ” McGraw said she told Diggins.

Moments later, with 7:48 to play, the lefthander in her trademark white headband swished a 12-foot jumper.

Diggins added nine assists and three steals, scored nine straight during a 16-2 first-half run that put the Irish (34-1) ahead to stay, and six more to cap a 10-2 run into halftime.

Carolyn Davis led the upstart Jayhawks (20-14) with 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting.

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