Bob Joyce and Kara Wolters talk with Maya Moore, Bria Hartley, Heather Buck and Coach Chris Dailey. As well as game highlights.
BY DOUG FEINBERG
AP Basketball Writer
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Maya Moore scored 30 points and No. 1 Connecticut won its 80th straight game, 65-64, holding on when No. 2 Baylor missed a last chance to score.
A record winning streak exactly two years in the making came down to the final seconds. The Huskies are now eight wins short of matching the 88-game string put together by UCLA’s men’s team in the 1970s.
Moore missed from the side with a few seconds left and the Bears rushed down court trying to get off a last shot. Odyssey Sims launched a 3 from well beyond the arc at the buzzer – it fell short but it didn’t matter, it came too late.
Coach Geno Auriemma covered his head with his hands as he met Baylor coach Kim Mulkey at midcourt.
Ahead 44-29 early in the second half, the Huskies suddenly found themselves in trouble when 6-foot-8 star Brittney Griner took over for Baylor. The Bears rallied, taking an eight-point lead with 6:42.
Then, freshman Bria Hartley emerged for the Huskies.
“I thought we played great for long stretches. Obviously Baylor is a great team and they made their run,” Auriemma said. “Then the improbable happened, people other than Maya began scoring.”
“They don’t know what’s its like to come back from a run,” Auriemma said.
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