HARTFORD, Conn. - 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: In College Station, Texas, 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.
• No. 14 Dayton 58, Duquesne 57: In Dayton, Ohio, 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 4Ω 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.