WACO, Texas —
Robertson had 10 points including three 3-pointers for Baylor. Freshman Nina Davis had 11 points and 17 rebounds.
It is the fifth season in a row the two national powers have met, this game featuring the two winningest active coaches by percentage and four of the six college players named earlier Monday to the U.S. women’s basketball national team pool — Sims and UConn teammates Breanna Stewart, Stefanie Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who were all recognized before the game. Three were preseason AP All-Americans.
(Sims, Stewart and Mosqueda-Lewis)
UConn won the first two meetings, 70-50 in the 2010 Final Four, and by one point at home early the following season. Baylor as the No. 1 team for the last two games, winning in Waco two years ago and at UConn last season.
After trailing 36-27 at halftime, Baylor cut the gap to 45-42 with just under 14 1/2 minutes left when Niya Johnson scored on a layup after a bounce pass from Sims.
Geno Auriemma called timeout, but when play resumed Johnson stole the ball from Stewart before Robertson missed a layup. Jefferson then hit a 3-pointer for the Huskies.
Sims hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 11 minutes left, and was only 4-of-21 shooting at the time, to get the Lady Bears within 50-49 — though they never got even or went ahead after that. Stewart made a short baseline jumper on the other end for UConn, which ended the game with a 16-6 run.
Jefferson is the only UConn player from Texas (Glenn Heights in the Dallas area). She had a breakaway layup and a 3-pointer for the first five Huskies points of the game. She then had a steal and stumbled but kept her balance long enough to scoop a pass to Hartley for a layup that made it 10-7.
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