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No. 5 Kentucky women outlast No. 9 Baylor in 4 overtimes

Jennifer O’Neill scored 43 points as No. 5 Kentucky beat No. 9 Baylor 133-130 in four overtimes in the highest-scoring Division I women’s game of all time.


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ARLINGTON, Texas – Jennifer O’Neill dreamed No. 5 Kentucky’s game against ninth-ranked Baylor would come down to a buzzer-beater.

She just didn’t imagine it could be any one of five buzzers.

O’Neill scored a career-high 43 points, including the go-ahead basket in the fourth overtime, and Kentucky outlasted Baylor 133-130 on Friday in the highest-scoring NCAA Division I women’s game in history.

“I don’t feel anything right now,” said O’Neill, who set a school scoring record. “I thought it was more overtimes, to be honest.”

The Wildcats (9-0) won consecutive games against top-10 teams for the first time in front of a crowd heavy with Kentucky blue at the 80,000-seat home of the NFL Dallas Cowboys and site of the men’s Final Four this season.

The Bears (7-1) played the last three overtimes without standout guard Odyssey Sims, who had a career-high 47 points when she fouled out with 1:23 left in the first overtime.

The previous high for a Division I women’s game was 252 points in Southern Methodist’s 127-125 victory over Texas Christian, also in four overtimes, on Jan. 25, 1997.

“I don’t think that they have a meter that could measure my happiness when (Sims) got out of the game,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “We just couldn’t stop her.”

No. 24 Zags romp

SPOKANE – Keani Albanez scored 17 points and Haiden Palmer added 16 for the 24th-ranked Gonzaga women in a 96-47 victory over Portland State.

Gonzaga (6-1) scored the game’s first 19 points and was up 40-8 with less than six minutes left in the first half. The Zags, who have won four games in a row, led 53-13 at halftime.

Angela Misa led Portland State (2-4) with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Baylor men defeat No. 3 Kentucky

ARLINGTON, Texas – Kenny Chery scored 18 points, including six in a go-ahead run, and No. 20 Baylor defeated No. 3 Kentucky 67-62.

The Wildcats (7-2) had a 50-41 lead when Julius Randle, one of three Kentucky freshmen playing in their home state, dunked with 13 minutes left.

Baylor (8-1) responded with a 15-5 run led by Chery.

Randle scored 16 points.

Meanwhile, in another top-10 men’s game, No. 9 Oklahoma State beat visiting South Carolina 79-52.

UCSB men beat Cal

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Alan Williams scored 24 points as UC Santa Barbara defeated California 72-65.

UCSB (4-3) had lost all 10 of its previous games against the Golden Bears (6-3) and hadn’t beaten a Pac-12 team on its home court since 2002.

In another game involving a Pac-12 men’s team, Jahii Carson scored 23 points to lead Arizona State to a 78-56 victory at DePaul.

Note

Jamie Weisner, who is from Clarkston, scored 22 points to lead the Oregon State women to a 79-73 victory over Portland.

Kari Luttinen, a former Seattle Prep standout, scored 21 points for Portland.



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