Louisville also found a way to neutralize Brittney Griner on the offensive end by consistently keeping three players around her in a variation of a box-and-1 zone. She finished with just 10 attempted shots — making her first in the second half — and 14 points while adding 10 rebounds in her final collegiate game.
“I think I could smell what toothpaste she used,” Louisville's Antonita Slaughter said with a laugh. “I was in her face all the time with my hands up.”
Not only was Louisville keeping pace with Baylor. The Cardinals were ahead by 19 with 12:14 to play.
Still, Baylor made a late charge, outscoring the Cardinals 24-6 during a seven-minute stretch to take a one-point lead on a pair of Sims free throws with less than 10 seconds left.
But Louisville's Monique Reid was fouled by Griner on a layup attempt on the Cardinals' ensuing possession and drilled both free throws to take the lead. Sims then could not get off a final heave before the buzzer.
So Griner's college ends in Oklahoma City, with the 6-foot-8 center leaving as the NCAA's second-leading scorer but with just one national title.
Meanwhile, Louisville moves on to face No. 2 seed and traditional power Tennessee — which beat Oklahoma 74-59 earlier Sunday — for a spot in the Final Four.