ARLINGTON, Texas – Jennifer O’Neill dreamed No. 5 Kentucky’s game against ninth-ranked 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 outlasted Baylor 133-130 on Friday in the highest-scoring NCAA 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.”
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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 NFL Dallas Cowboys and site of the men’s Final Four this season.
The Bears (7-1) played the last three overtimes without standout 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 Southern Methodist’s 127-125 victory over Texas Christian, also in four overtimes, on Jan. 25, 1997.
“I don’t think that they have a meter that could measure my happiness when (Sims) got out of the game,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “We just couldn’t stop her.”
No. 24 Zags romp
SPOKANE – Keani Albanez scored 17 points and Haiden Palmer added 16 for the 24th-ranked Gonzaga women in a 96-47 victory over Portland State.
Gonzaga (6-1) scored the game’s first 19 points and was up 40-8 with less than six minutes left in the first half. The Zags, who have won four games in a row, led 53-13 at halftime.
Angela Misa led Portland State (2-4) with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Baylor men defeat No. 3 Kentucky
ARLINGTON, Texas – Kenny Chery scored 18 points, including six in a go-ahead run, and No. 20 Baylor defeated No. 3 Kentucky 67-62.
The Wildcats (7-2) had a 50-41 lead when Julius Randle, one of three Kentucky freshmen playing in their home state, dunked with 13 minutes left.
Baylor (8-1) responded with a 15-5 run led by Chery.
Randle scored 16 points.
Meanwhile, in another top-10 men’s game, No. 9 Oklahoma State beat visiting South Carolina 79-52.
UCSB men beat Cal
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Alan Williams scored 24 points as UC Santa Barbara defeated California 72-65.
UCSB (4-3) had lost all 10 of its previous games against the Golden Bears (6-3) and hadn’t beaten a Pac-12 team on its home court since 2002.
In another game involving a Pac-12 men’s team, Jahii Carson scored 23 points to lead Arizona State to a 78-56 victory at DePaul.
• Jamie Weisner, who is from Clarkston, scored 22 points to lead the Oregon State women to a 79-73 victory over Portland.
Kari Luttinen, a former Seattle Prep standout, scored 21 points for Portland.