(Photo by Jim Peeler)
WACO (April 1, 2013)—The Lady Bears flew home from Oklahoma City to Waco Monday morning after their stunning upset loss to Louisville in the regional semifinals of the NCAA women’s tournament.
A crowd of about 100 greeted the team at Waco Regional Airport, but it wasn’t the homecoming the team and its fans had hoped for.
Louisville’s 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 Sunday night.
Baylor was the presumptive favorite to win a second straight NCAA championship, but the Lady Bears trailed Louisville until the final seconds of the game.
Odyssey Sims scored 28 points and hit a pair of free throws with 9.1 seconds left to give Baylor (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.