Oklahoma City Women's Regional: Louisville stuns defending champ Baylor

Cardinals blow 19-point lead but hang on to eliminate No. 1-ranked Bears.
by Gina Mizell Published: March 31, 2013

photo - Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) and Odyssey Sims (0) react following their loss to Louisville at the Oklahoma City Regional for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) and Odyssey Sims (0) react following their loss to Louisville at the Oklahoma City Regional for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

When it was all over, Louisville players sprinted toward their cheering section, then mobbed an ESPN camera while grabbing the front of their jerseys.

Not far away, Baylor point guard Odyssey Sims pulled her jersey over her head as she sank to the floor, stunned and devastated that a season that was supposed to culminate with a second consecutive national championship had come to a sudden halt in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.

Louisville used blistering 3-point shooting, suffocating defense against the nation's most dominant player and a pair of late free throws to hold off top-ranked Baylor 82-81 Sunday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena and pull off one of the most shocking upsets in the sport's history.

“I told our kids in the locker room before the game, ‘We've got to turn this into a street ball game,'” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “You got to drive, kick for 3s, try to make it fun. There was no pressure on us. We came out and did that.”

Louisville freely launched 3-pointer after 3-pointer, connecting on 16 of those 25 shots from beyond the arc to tie an NCAA record.

And the long balls came from everywhere. Off set plays. And off the dribble. And in transition. And from beyond NBA range.

“You keep thinking through the course of the game that they're going to start missing some,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “But they never did.”

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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