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Louisville's Sheronne Vails (right) blocks a pass by Baylor's Brittney Griner (left) in the regional semifinals of the NCAA women's basketball tournament in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins (4) drives to the basket during the second half of a regional semi-final of an NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Norfolk, Va. Notre Dame won the game 93-63. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Sunday, March 31, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - Shoni Schimmel scored 22 points and Monique Reid hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to lift sixth-seeded Louisville to a stunning 82-81 upset of top-ranked, defending national champion Baylor on Sunday night in the regional semifinals of the NCAA women's tournament.
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.
Louisville (27-8) tied an NCAA record with 16 3-pointers to pull off the upset.
Duke 53, Nebraska 45
NORFOLK - 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 effort for a 53-45 victory over Nebraska in the Norfolk Regional of the women's NCAA tournament on Sunday.
"We want to advance. We want to find a way to keep going," McCallie said.
Duke will play top-seeded Notre Dame on Tuesday 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.
"Somebody mentioned that we haven't played a great game yet,'" McCallie said. "It's about time we do. I'm kind of looking forward to that. We've had to gut some things out, handle some things differently."
The Cornhuskers (25-9) shot 30.3 percent and hit just 3 of 24 3-point tries.
Notre Dame 93, Kansas 63
NORFOLK - 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 to a 93-63 victory against Kansas in the semifinals of the Norfolk Regional.
Coach Muffet McGraw had forgotten all about Diggins' 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 swished a 12-foot jumper.
"Coach told me to score two more. I didn't really know why, but I was like, 'OK,'" Diggins said.
The victory was the 29th in a row for Notre Dame, and left the Irish one victory shy of a third consecutive trip to the Final Four. They have lost in the title game the last two years.
Carolyn Davis led the upstart Jayhawks (20-14) with 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting, but the second No. 12 seed ever to get this far in the women's tournament since the seeding format began in 1994 didn't stick around long.
Tennessee 74, Oklahoma 59
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kamiko Williams scored 15 points, Cierre Burdick had 13 and second-seeded Tennessee (27-7) routed Oklahoma.
Sharane Campbell scored 22 points and Joanna McFarland had 14 for No. 6 seed Oklahoma (24-11).
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