HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Brittney Griner scored 25 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to help No. 1 Baylor rally past third-ranked Connecticut 76-70 on Monday night, extending the Lady Bears' winning streak to 23 games.
Griner became the eighth player in Division I history to reach the milestone, doing it on two free throws with 1:05 left. She finished with 21 points in the second half.
The defending national champion Lady Bears' only loss this season came in Hawaii against Stanford back in November. Baylor (25-1) went 40-0 last season en route to the school's second national championship.
Baylor led 54-53 midway through the second half before Griner took over. She scored seven points during the burst, and her putback made it 67-61 with 5 minutes left.
UConn (24-2) rallied behind Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to make it a 67-65, but Griner answered with a putback. Then she hit the two milestone free throws 1:30 later to make it 73-67 and seal the win.
Mosqueda-Lewis finished with 26 points.
Griner had missed key free throws down the stretch when she was a sophomore and her team lost at Connecticut by one point. She wasn't going to let that happen again, beating the only team in the country that she didn't have a winning record against.
No. 8 KENTUCKY 70, No. 10 TEXAS A&M 66
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - DeNesha Stallworth had 12 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record seven blocks as Kentucky held off Texas A&M.
Courtney Walker scored four quick points, the last two when she drove hard to the basket for a layup, to trim Texas A&M's deficit to 66-64 with about a minute remaining.
Kentucky (23-3, 11-2 SEC) missed a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, but it bounced off the rim and Stallworth batted the rebound to Bria Goss for an easy layup that made it 68-64.
Walker was fouled on a made jump shot with 4 seconds left and purposely missed the ensuing free throw. But Goss grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws to seal it.
Walker's 20 points led Texas A&M (20-6, 10-2), which lost for the first time since a 65-62 defeat Jan. 10 at Kentucky in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
The Aggies reeled off eight straight wins after that, before Kentucky extended its winning streak to four games with Monday's win.
No. 14 DAYTON 58, DUQUESNE 57
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Andrea Hoover scored 20 points and Kelley Austria added 17 off the bench to help Dayton hold off Duquesne for its 10th consecutive victory.
The Flyers (22-1, 10-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) trailed 50-41 before Hoover's basket with 12:17 left sparked a 13-0 run that lasted about 4Â½ minutes.
Ahjah Hall's two free throws pushed the Dukes (19-6, 8-3) back ahead 57-56 with 3:21 to go, but Ally Malott answered with two foul shots for Dayton 50 seconds later, the final points of the game.
Duquesne missed six shots and committed three turnovers in the final 2Â½ minutes, including a pair of attempts in the final 8 seconds.
Oditte Odisho paced Duquesne with 14 points off the bench.