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Rick Nixon | NCAA.com | January 8, 2019

Women's basketball: Historic win over UConn earns Baylor Team of the Week honors

Andy Katz calls for a Notre Dame repeat as national champs in women's hoops

The Baylor Lady Bears are the NCAA.com Team of the Week, enjoying a 2-0 week that included putting an end to the historic regular season winning streak of the UConn Huskies.

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The Lady Bears 68-57 win over the top-ranked and previously undefeated Huskies on Jan. 3 before a sellout crowd of 10,284 at the Ferrell Center, brought to an end UConn’s 126-game regular-season winning streak that stretched over five seasons.  The top-ranked Huskies (11-1) hadn’t lost a regular-season game in regulation since a 76-70 home loss to Baylor on Feb. 18, 2013 — a span of 163 games. UConn’s only regular-season loss since then was 88-86 in overtime at Stanford on Nov. 14, 2014.  UConn had won 58 consecutive non-conference matchups.  The win extended Baylor’s own home-court non-conference winning streak to 45 straight.

Senior All-American Kalani Brown led the way for Baylor with 22 points and 17 rebounds against UConn. Brown dominated the inside, hitting 11-of-17 from the floor, posting a season high for rebounds while recording her second straight double-double.

Baylor avoided a letdown on Sunday as freshman center Queen Egbo recorded her second double-double in the last three games, scoring a career-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds, as the Lady Bears defeated Texas Tech, 73-56, in Lubbock.   Freshman NaLyssa Smith chipped in with 14 points and seven boards off the bench. The win was head coach Kim Mulkey's 550th career win.

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The big week helped lift Baylor four spots in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll released on Monday, with the Lady Bears now occupying the No. 4 position.

Baylor (11-1) will return to action on Jan. 9 with a home game against Kansas State.

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