WACO, Texas – Breanna Stewart had 18 points and 11 rebounds as top-ranked Connecticut won 66-55 at No. 7 Baylor, ending the Bears’ national-best 69-game home winning streak Monday night.
In a matchup of the last two national champions, defending champ UConn (18-0) held on to win its closest game this season. The Huskies had beaten their first five ranked opponents by an average margin of 22 points, and nobody had finished within 17 of them.
We talked about it before the game, we’re the kind of program that we search out these games, UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. We enjoy these games, love the competitive aspect of these games.
Baylor’s a lot better than the outside world thinks they are because they haven’t been away from home a lot of games. We knew coming in it was going to be really difficult, and it really, really was.
Baylor (14-2) hadn’t lost at home since a 70-54 defeat to Texas in its regular-season home finale March 7, 2010. Senior starters Odyssey Sims, the national scoring leader, and Makenzie Robertson, the daughter of coach Kim Mulkey, had never lost a game in the Ferrell Center.
Bria Hartley had 17 points, Moriah Jefferson 13 and Stefanie Dolson 10 for UConn, which has won 24 in a row overall.
Sims, who entered the contest with 31.8 points a game, finished with 20 points on only 4-of-25 shooting. She made all 10 of her free throws, none after halftime.
No. 2 SYRACUSE 69, BOSTON COLLEGE 59: In Boston, Trevor Cooney scored 21 points and Jerami Grant added 16 and as the Orange fought off the pesky Eagles. C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis each had 12 points for the Orange (17-0, 4-0 ACC).
Lonnie Jackson scored 18 points – all on 3-pointers – for the Eagles (5-12, 1-3).
No. 15 KANSAS 77, No. 8 IOWA ST. 70: In Ames, Iowa, Naadir Tharpe scored a career-high 23 points and freshman Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks (12-4, 3-0 Big 12).
DeAndre Kane had 21 points for Iowa State (14-2, 2-2),
No. 23 DUKE 69, VIRGINIA 65: In Durham, N.C., Rasheed Sulaimon hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left as the Blue Devils (13-4, 2-2 ACC) beat the Cavaliers (12-5, 3-1 ACC). Sulaimon finished with a season-high 21 points and Rodney Hood added 14 for Duke.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and Joe Harris added 15 for Virginia.