Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jennifer O'Neill scored a school-record 43
points and fifth-ranked Kentucky outlasted No. 9 Baylor, 133-130, in the
highest-scoring Division I women's game in history.
Janee Thompson totaled 20 points for Kentucky, and DeNesha Stallworth added 16 points and nine rebounds.
It was the second win for Kentucky (9-0) over a top-10 win in six days. The Wildcats upended Louisville on Sunday.
Baylor (7-1) had a career-best 47 points from Odyssey Sims, but she fouled out with 1:23 left in the first overtime. Makenzie Robertson had 23 points and Nina Davis ended with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Bears in the game at AT&T Stadium.
In the opener of a doubleheader between the schools, with the men's teams completing the nightcap, the women put up some incredible statistics. Baylor held a 68-56 rebounding advantage. There were 80 total fouls. Seven players from Baylor fouled out. The teams combined for 112 free throws, 66 for the Wildcats.
Kentucky was ahead by as many as 12 points with just over eight minutes left in regulation, but one free throw from O'Neill with 49 seconds left forced the first OT with the game tied at 90.
Imani Wright's 3-pointer for Baylor and then a missed shot from O'Neill sent the game to a second extra session even at 104.
Kastine Evans drained a jumper for the Wildcats to even the contest at 114 in the waning seconds of the second OT.
Robertson missed a shot in the lane to cap the third overtime tied at 124.
O'Neill's layup gave Kentucky the lead for good with 1:42 left in the final OT, but the win wasn't secured until Alexis Prince's 3-point try from the right wing went in-and-out of the hoop as time expired.