No. 4 Stanford beat top-ranked Baylor, last season's NCAA champion, 71-69 in Honolulu, ending the Bears' winning streak at 42 games.
HONOLULU — Brittney Griner and Baylor were seldom challenged during a 42-game winning streak that included a national title and a quick start to this season.
But the unfamiliar scene of Hawaii and an eager opponent in No. 4 Stanford — keen on avenging a loss in last season’s Final Four — were too much for the top-ranked Bears, who lost 71-69 Friday.
Griner scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half, but her last shot bounced off the rim at the buzzer and Stanford celebrated the victory.
It was Baylor’s first defeat since losing to Texas A&M in the regional finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament. Baylor went 40-0 last season.
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“You don’t ever want to lose. You’re in Hawaii, you’re not under the normal circumstances of a regular practice schedule. You’re enjoying the beach and not having as much time to prepare,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “We played Kentucky and had a quick turnaround to come here.”
Chiney Ogwumike scored 18 points to lead Stanford (3-0), which lost to Baylor in the national semifinals last season by 12 points. Her reverse layup gave the Cardinal a four-point lead with 22 seconds left.
On the final play, Griner caught the ball in the low block and — with three players defending — missed a shot that would have forced overtime.
“We knew where the ball was going — it’s a matter if we’re able to make the play. It’s hard to make a play on Griner,” Ogwumike said.
Cougars get first victory
PULLMAN — Carly Noyes of Moses Lake scored 24 points and Tia Presley of Spokane added 21 as Washington State beat Monmouth 79-69 for its first victory of the season.
Freshman guard Lia Galdeira contributed 11 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and six steals for the Cougars (1-2), who lost their first two games in double overtime to Minnesota and overtime to South Dakota State.
Alysha Womack led Monmouth (0-2) with 25 points.
The score was tied at 50 when Hana Potter scored all nine of her points for WSU, with two three-pointers and a three-point play.
Zags beat Wisconsin
SPOKANE — Gonzaga overcame a 14-point first-half deficit to beat Wisconsin 62-53 before a crowd of 5,758.
Haiden Palmer led the Zags (3-0) with 15 points; Taelor Karr had 14.
“They came in and pushed us around early,” Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves said of the Badgers. “Once we got our legs underneath us, I liked how we played.”
Morgan Paige led Wisconsin (1-1) with 20 points.
• Pac-12 Utah scored the first 15 points of the game and proceeded to beat Big Ten visitor Michigan 59-40. Michelle Plouffe led the Utes with 20 points.