UConn Toughs It Out At Baylor

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It was a remarkable strategy when you think about it, borrowed from a basic tenet of athletic competition. Who knows, perhaps Baylor thought it was its best chance to beat No. 1 UConn.
What was it? Even a team of All-Americans can’t beat you if they are on the bench in foul trouble – or at least trying to avoid it.
Hard to argue with that, isn’t it?
Wouldn’t you know it, but foul-trouble softened UConn’s midsection. Poor shooting stunted its style. An athletic opponent embolden with belief relentlessly poked it on its home floor.
It was fun. It was frantic. And for once, it featured, finally, a fabulous finish.
UConn, certainly winded, remained No. 1 with an impossibly difficult 66-55 win over No. 7 at the Ferrell Center.
Breanna Stewart led UConn (18-0) with 18 points to end Baylor’s 69-game home winning streak. Bria Hartley added 17 as UConn increased its winning streak to 23.
And amid it all was the worst shooting night of the season of Baylor senior guard Odyssey Sims, the nation’s scoring leader (31.8). She scored her 20 points, but they came as the result of great labor. She was 4 of 25 from the field. But she just kept shooting.

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