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NCAA women's basketball: Louisville stuns Griner, Baylor
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Oklahoma City • From the opening tip of the season, there was only one question in women's college basketball: How do you stop Brittney Griner?

Louisville found the answer Sunday night, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament.

Considered a lock for the Final Four — and prohibitive favorites to win a second straight championship — Griner and her Bears got bounced 82-81 by fifth-seeded Louisville in an NCAA regional semifinal.

"I'm just sad," Griner said. "I didn't do what I needed to do to get my team to the Elite eight, and just disappointment in myself."

Baylor (34-2) had won 32 straight games and 74 of 75 behind Griner, among the greatest players ever in her sport. But the 6-foot-8 star didn't make a basket until the second half, then committed a foul with 2.6 seconds left that gave Louisville a chance to win.

Monique Reid made those two foul shots, rescuing the Cardinals (27-8) after they squandered a 17-point lead in the last 7½ minutes.

Odyssey Sims scored 29 points, including two free throws with 9.1 seconds to go that put Baylor ahead 81-80. Sims had one more chance to save the season, but she was off-target and late on a desperation heave.

Griner, who had averaged 33 points in Baylor's first two games in the tournament, wound up with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Tennessee 74, Oklahoma 59 • Kamiko Williams scored 15 points, Cierre Burdick had 13 and second-seeded Tennessee (27-7) routed Oklahoma in an Oklahoma City regional semifinal. Sharane Campbell scored 22 points for No. 6 seed Oklahoma (24-11).

Notre Dame 93, Kansas 63 • Skylar Diggins scored 22 of her 27 points by halftime and became the school's career scoring leader, leading the top-seeded Fighting Irish (34-1) to a Norfolk, Va., Regional semifinal victory. Carolyn Davis led the 12th-seeded Jayhawks (20-14) with 25 points.

Duke 53, Nebraska 45 • Tricia Liston scored 17 points, and second-seeded Duke (33-2) shook off a slow start in the semifinals of the Norfolk Regional. The Cornhuskers (25-9), the No. 6 seed and in the round of 16 for just the second time in school history, struggled from the field. —

Elite Eight

P Monday

Kentucky vs. UConn, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

Georgia vs. Cal, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Tuesday

Duke vs. Notre Dame,5 p.m., ESPN

Louisville vs. Tennessee,7 p.m., ESPN

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