WACO, Texas (AP)- Breanna Stewart had 18 points and 11 rebounds as top-ranked Connecticut won 66-55 at No. 7 Baylor, ending the Lady Bears' national-best 69-game home winning streak Monday night.
In a matchup of the last two national champions, defending champ UConn (18-0) held on to win its closest game this season. The Huskies had beaten their first five ranked opponents by an average margin of 22 points, and nobody had finished within 19 of them.
Baylor (14-2) hadn't lost at home since a 70-54 defeat to Texas in its regular-season home finale March 7, 2010. Senior starters Odyssey Sims, the national scoring leader, and Makenzie Robertson, the daughter of coach Kim Mulkey, had never lost a game in the Ferrell Center.
Bria Hartley had 17 points, Moriah Jefferson 13 and Stefanie Dolson 10 for UConn, which has won 24 in a row overall. That matches the sixth-longest winning streak in school history, and is their second 24-game winning streak since their record 90 in a row ended in December 2010.
Sims, who entered the contest with 31.8 points per game, finished with 20 points on only 4-of-25 shooting. She made all 10 of her free throws, none after halftime.
Robertson had 10 points including three 3-pointers for Baylor. Freshman Nina Davis had 11 points and 17 rebounds.
Odyssey Sims (20 points) now has 17 straight games with at least 20 points dating back to last year's NCAA Tournament game with Louisville; it marks the 34th time in her career she's passed the 20-point mark in a game.
Nina Davis (11 points) reached double figures in scoring for the 14th time this season out of 16 games.
Davis (career-high 17 rebounds) had her 5th double figure rebounding game of the season.
Davis notched her 4th double double of the season.
Makenzie Robertson (10 points) has scored double figures 3 times this season and 7 times in her career.
STAT OF THE GAME
UConn had eight blocks, while Baylor had none.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Baylor will resume Big 12 play as it travels to Lawrence, Kan., to take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Sun., Jan. 19, at 2 p.m.