Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Baylor reveling in upset of UConn

Baylor reveling in upset of UConn

Baylor players celebrate after a 68-57 victory over No. 1 CT in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Waco, Texas.

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(18) N.C. STATE 87, MIAMI 82: Reserve Markell Johnson scored 20 points in 23 minutes and the visiting Wolfpack (13-1) shot 57 percent in the second half to rally past the Hurricanes (8-5) in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

The Huskies had an undefeated national championship when Samuelson and Collier were freshmen in 2015-16.

Baylor center Kelani Brown proved too tough to handle for the Huskies, as she logged 20 points and 17 boards in the victory.

While Napheesa Collier (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Katie Lou Samuelson (12 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles, it wasn't enough to keep CT from losing in regulation for the first time in 209 games. The last time UConn had consecutive losses was in 1993 - a span of 937 games going into the Houston game.

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The Huskies had the lead just once in the game and that was when Crystal Dangerfield scored in the opening minute of the game to make 2-0. "They don't lose much, we don't lose much", Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. Of those 34, 11 ranked in the top five, while two (Notre Dame this year and SC in 2015) stood No. 1 nationally before facing the Huskies. But Baylor seemed to scoop up every necessary carom, and a rested CT team looked a step slow all night, shot just 29 percent from the field, and never found a rhythm in the halfcourt set. Dangerfield had 11 points and Megan Walker 10.

Chloe Jackson added 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Baylor, while NaLyssa Smith had 12 points.

The last time the Huskies failed to at least force overtime was March 12, 2013, when the Fighting Irish beat them 61-59 in the Big East Tournament.

Depth has been UConn's biggest concern this season (as well as during other recent campaigns) and might have been the Huskies' downfall Thursday. They were dominant in the paint, scoring 52 points and holding UConn to just 10.

Baylor extended that lead in the 2nd half with the help of Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox. Brown finished 11 of 17 from the field. "You just see it, you can feel it", Auriemma said. "And it's taken for granted I think". What we weren't OK with was how hard it was for us to get the shots that we wanted.

The key to responding to this loss, Collier said, will be finding a way to focus on their upcoming games while still taking time to learn from the mistakes they made against Baylor.

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