Waco, Texas Attendance: 12,818
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - No. 9 Baylor fell to No. 5 Kentucky 133-130 in four overtimes on Friday night in the highest-scoring Division I women's game in history.
The Bears (7-1) played the last three overtimes without star guard Odyssey Sims, who had a career-high 47 points when she fouled out with 1:23 left in the first overtime. The Wildcats (9-0) beat a top 10 team for the second time in five days in front of a crowd heavy with Kentucky blue at the 80,000-seat home of the Dallas Cowboys and site of the men's Final Four this season.
The previous high for a Division I women's game was 252 points in SMU's 127-125 win over TCU, also in four overtimes, on Jan. 25, 1997.
Sims was the first of seven Baylor players to foul out. Among the others was Nina Davis, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
The teams combined for 80 fouls, 47 by the Lady Bears. The Wildcats were 49 of 66 on free throws, and Baylor was 33 of 46 from the line in just its third loss since the 2011 NCAA tournament. The Lady Bears have 81 wins in that span.
O'Neill's layup with 1:42 left in the fourth overtime finally put Kentucky ahead for good. She missed the second of two free throws with a two-point lead with 6 seconds left but teammate Bria Goss grabbed the rebound.
After Goss gave Baylor one more chance by missing the second of her two free throws, a desperation 3-pointer by Baylor's Alexis Prince, who was playing for the first time this season, rimmed out at the buzzer. The crowd gave both teams a standing ovation.
Mackenzie Robertson, the daughter of Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, matched her career high with 23 points.
The combined 263 points between Baylor and Kentucky was the highest scoring women's game of all-time (252 - SMU 127, TCU 125, Jan. 25, 1997, also 4 OT).
The four overtimes was Baylor's first 4OT game in school history with just one other 3-overtime game (Jan. 12, 2005, L 103-99 to Nebraska).
Baylor's 130 points is a single-game school record, passing the previous high of 129 vs. UT-Pan American accomplished during the 1976-77 season.
Baylor's 130 points is tied for the 10th highest single-game total in NCAA women's history, Kentucky's 133 ranks tied for ninth.
Baylor's 130 points were the 2nd-most points scored in Big 12 history behind Texas' 135-point effort vs. Centenary (12/16/00).
Baylor's 45 field goals made ties for 4th highest in school history and ties for 7th highest in Big 12 history.
Baylor's 105 field goal attempts is a Big 12 record and the 2nd highest total for a game in school history (110 vs. Texas State, 11/8/77).
Baylor's 68 rebounds was the fourth-highest number in a game in school history, and tied for 3rd in Big 12 history.
Baylor's 46 free-throw attempts rank 5th-highest all time in the BU record book for a single game.
Baylor's 31 assists ties a season high (San Jose State, Dec. 3) and ties for the fifth-highest total in BU history for one game.
Odyssey Sims scored a career-high 47 points, which is the second-highest single-game total in school history behind Brittney Griner's 50 (vs. K-State, March 4, 2013) and tied for second-highest in Big 12 history with Alicia Thompson (Texas Tech) who scored 47 against Texas, Feb. 5, 1997.
Robertson matched a career-high and scored a season-high 23 points.
Robertson finished with career-highs in rebounds (8), assists (6) and steals (3).
Freshman Nina Davis had the second double-double of her career with 20 points and 11 rebounds (28p 11r vs. Nicholls St., Nov. 14).
Davis' 20 points helped her reach double figures in each of her first eight collegiate games.
Davis tied season highs with 11 rebounds and four assists.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor and Kentucky combined for 263 points, making it the highest scoring Division I women's basketball game of all-time.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Most impressive in this Baylor-UK game is the Bears have played/survived the last couple OTs without one of the nation's best players-- David Ubben (@davidubben) December 7, 2013
The Lady Bears return home to host Houston Baptist Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Ferrell Center.