No. 8 Baylor shocks No. 1 UConn in clash of national powers

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Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey has seemingly done it all during her coaching tenure, but Thursday night she checked off one more accomplishment – beating a No. 1 ranked team.

The No. 8 Lady Bears (10-1) knocked off the top-ranked UConn Huskies (11-1), 68-57, inside the Ferrell Center and handed the Huskies their first regular season loss since 2014. It was Baylor’s first win over UConn since 2014.

"We will enjoy this, and they should enjoy it, but you can't overemphasize it,” Mulkey said. “You just can't. We're one of the elite programs. They're the elite of the elite, and we want what they have. They have a lot of them (11 national championships), and we have just two."

While going cold from the floor, UConn had zero answer for Baylor’s dominating post duo of Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown. Although Cox only pitched in nine points offensively, she tallied five blocks while Brown added 22 points to go along with 17 rebounds. Baylor controlled the inside for a lopsided 52-10 scoring edge in the paint. Freshman NaLyssa Smith contributed 12 big points in 15 minutes off the bench.

“I think playing teams that have less talent than you, sometimes you get complacent,” Kalani Brown said. But when you’re at a big program, everyone is going to give you their best shot. So we have to focus on Lubbock because Texas Tech isn’t afraid, and they’re not going to back down just because we beat UConn. And we can’t get complacent because we beat UConn. We still have a lot more games to go. Yes, it was a great win, but on to the next one.”

The Lady Bears held UConn to just 29 percent shooting from the floor and the Huskies lowest point total since 2012 and under 60 points for only the second time since the 2012-13 season.

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