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UConn women stop Baylor's home streak at 69

UConn’s Breanna Stewart tries to split a double-team of Khadijiah Cave, left, and Makenzie Robertson in the first half.

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UConn’s Breanna Stewart tries to split a double-team of Khadijiah Cave, left, and Makenzie Robertson in the first half.

WACO, Texas — Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma was as eager as anyone to see how his top-ranked Huskies would handle a close game.

They responded in a streak-busting performance.

Breanna Stewart made a short baseline jumper with 10½ minutes left, starting a game-ending 16-6 run after No. 7 Baylor had closed within one, and the Huskies went on to a 66-55 victory Monday night to snap the Bears' national-best 69-game home winning streak.

"There were certain possessions that we had to win those possessions, and we did," Auriemma said. "Even though we were up the whole time, it never seemed liked it was going to get away from them."

Stewart had 18 points and 11 rebounds in a matchup of the past two national champions. Defending champ UConn (18-0) had beaten its first five ranked opponents by at least 17 points.

Baylor (14-2) hadn't lost at home since March 7, 2010.

NO. 3 DUKE: Point guard Chelsea Gray is out for the season with a broken right kneecap.

NO. 8 SOUTH CAROLINA: Assistant coach Nikki McCray said she's being treated for breast cancer but said doctors told her the condition was treatable.

AP POLL: UConn remained No. 1. No. 17 FSU gained a spot.

Men

BULLS PG MAY REDSHIRT: USF coach Stan Heath confirmed that junior point guard Anthony Collins, whose lingering knee problems have limited him to eight games, is exploring a medical redshirt. Collins, who had an inflamed bursa sac removed over the summer, is battling tendinitis in the same left knee.

NO. 2 SYRACUSE 69, BC 59: Trevor Cooney had 21 points as the visiting Orange (17-0, 4-0 ACC) fought off the Eagles.

NO. 15 KANSAS 77, NO. 8 IOWA ST. 70: Naadir Tharpe had a career-high 23 points for the visiting Jayhawks (12-4, 3-0 Big 12), who handed the Cyclones (14-2, 2-2) their second straight loss.

NO. 23 DUKE 69, UVA 65: Rasheed Sulaimon hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left for the host Blue Devils (13-4, 2-2 ACC).

FAMU 76, NC A&T 66: Trey Kellum had 14 points and seven rebounds for the host Rattlers (6-11, 2-2 MEAC).

UNCC 64, B-CU 49: Jay Copeland scored 16 as the visiting Eagles handed the Pirates (2-17, 0-4 MEAC) their 15th straight loss.

NO. 21 COLORADO: Leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the season with an ACL injury in his knee.

AP POLL: Arizona remained No. 1. No. 19 Cincinnati, No. 20 Creighton, No. 22 Pittsburgh, No. 24 Saint Louis and No. 25 Oklahoma and UCLA replaced Oregon, Missouri, Gonzaga, Illinois and Kansas State.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

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