Baylor's Odyssey Sims (0) defends against a drive to the basket by Connecticut's Moriah Jefferson, right, in the first half Monday in Waco, Texas. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
Waco, Texas — Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma was as anxious as anyone to see how his top-ranked Huskies would handle a close game.
They responded in another streak-busting performance.
Breanna Stewart made a short baseline jumper with 10˝ minutes left, starting a game-ending 16-6 run after No. 7 Baylor had closed within one point, and the Huskies went on to a 66-55 victory Monday night to snap the Lady Bears’ national-best 69-game home winning streak.
“There were certain possessions that we had to win those possessions, and we did,” Auriemma said. “Even though we were up the whole time, it never seemed liked it was going to get away from them. … We were timely.”
Stewart had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Bria Hartley scored 17 in a matchup of the last two national champions. Defending champ UConn (18-0) won its closest game this season, having beaten their first five ranked opponents by an average 22 points, with the closest being 17 points.
Odyssey Sims scored 20 for Baylor (14-2), which hadn’t lost at home since a 70-54 defeat to Texas in its regular-season home finale March 7, 2010.
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No. 2 Syracuse 69, (at) Boston College 59: Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Jerami Grant added 16 and Syracuse (17-0, 4-0 ACC) fought off pesky Boston College.
Lonnie Jackson scored 18 points — all on 3-pointers — for the Eagles (5-12, 1-3).
(At) No. 23 Duke 69, Virginia 65: Rasheed Sulaimon hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left for Duke (13-4, 2-2 ACC). He finished with a season-high 21 points and Rodney Hood added 14. Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and Joe Harris added 15 for the Cavaliers (12-5, 3-1).
No. 15 Kansas 77, (at) No. 8 Iowa State 70: Naadir Tharpe scored a career-high 23, and freshman Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 19 rebounds for Kansas (12-4, 3-0). DeAndre Kane scored 21 for Iowa State (14-2, 2-2).
No. 21 Colorado has lost leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) for the rest of the season.
... No. 7 Florida will be without leading scorer Casey Prather (17 points, bruised knee) against Georgia tonight. There’s no timetable for his return.
... Duke point guard Chelsea Gray will miss the rest of the season (broken kneecap).