After a Megan Deines layup off a baseline inbounds play, Sims answered with a 3-pointer to cut it to one with 35.8 seconds left. She then hit two free throws to put Baylor ahead after Jude Schimmel fumbled an inbounds pass under her own basket, Griner picked it up and passed it to Sims.
The Lady Bears still couldn't close it out.
"That's pretty remarkable," Mulkey said. "You're supposed to get blown out if you get 16 3s, and we didn't get blown out."
Mulkey criticized the game officials, saying she didn't care if she got fined, even after Louisville was called for 23 fouls compared to 14 for the Lady Bears. The Cardinals also had three starters foul out. Griner said she thought she got all ball on Reid's final drive.
"I thought the game started out way too physical, way too physical," Mulkey said. "I thought that all three of them, if they go past this round of officiating, it will be sad for the game."
Slaughter hit seven 3-pointers for 21 points and Shoni Schimmel had five 3s.
"Every 3 that they hit when we would cut the lead made it that much tougher. You keep thinking through the course of the game that they're going to start missing some," Mulkey said. "But they never did."