O'Neill, UK women top Baylor 133-130 in 4 OTs

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jennifer O'Neill dreamed that No. 5 Kentucky's game against No. 9 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 beat Baylor 133-130 on Friday night in the highest-scoring 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 Dallas Cowboys and site of the men's Final Four this season.

The Bears (7-1) played the last three OTs without star 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 SMU's 127-125 win over TCU, also in four overtimes, on Jan. 25, 1997.

"I had a lot of faith in my team," said Sims, who topped her previous high of 37 points against Oklahoma her freshman year. "We did all we could right to the end."

It almost was the second five-overtime game in women's history. A series of missed free throws gave each team a chance to extend the game throughout the extra periods, including the last one.

O'Neill's layup with 1:42 left in the fourth OT finally put Kentucky ahead for good. She missed the second of two free throws with a two-point lead with 6 seconds left but teammate Bria Goss grabbed the rebound.

After Goss gave Baylor one more chance by missing the second of her two free throws, a desperation 3-pointer by Baylor's Alexis Prince, who was playing for the first time this season, rimmed out at the buzzer.

The end of the more than 3-hour game drew a standing ovation for both teams from a crowd that grew in size and noise while awaiting the men's game that followed between No. 3 Kentucky and No. 20 Baylor.



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