WACO, Texas — Kalani Brown had 20 points and 17 rebounds as No. 8 Baylor won over a top-ranked team for the first time, beating Connecticut, 68-57, Thursday night and handing the Huskies their first regular-season loss in more than four years.
The Huskies (11-1) had not lost a regular-season game in regulation since a 76-70 home loss to Baylor in a Nos. 1 vs. 2 matchup on Feb. 18, 2013 — a span of 163 games. UConn’s only regular-season loss since then was a 88-86 overtime defeat at Stanford on Nov. 14, 2014. The Huskies had won 126 consecutive regular-season games, 58 of them nonconference matchups.
UConn is the only No. 1 team Baylor has ever faced in Coach Kim Mulkey’s 19 seasons. Baylor had lost each of the previous three such meetings, including UConn’s last visit to Waco nearly five years ago.
The Huskies had their only lead at 2-0 after Crystal Dangerfield scored in the opening minute of the game.
Chloe Jackson added 13 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds for Baylor (10-1), while NaLyssa Smith had 12 points. Juicy Landrum scored 11 points while Lauren Cox added 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Napheesa Collier had 16 points and 11 rebounds for UConn, while Katie Lou Samuelson also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. But the two seniors were a combined 8-of-34 shooting. Dangerfield had 11 points, and Megan Walker added 10.
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