(with additional reporting by FullCourt.com staff)
Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Breanna Stewart had 18 points and 11 rebounds and top-ranked Connecticut defeated No. 7 Baylor 66-55 on Monday night, ending the Lady Bears' nation-best 69-game home winning streak.
The 11-point margin of difference in the final score made this contest between the last two national champions the closest game of the season for the Huskies, who have routed their other nationally ranked opponents by no fewer than 17 points -- beating Top-Ten-ranked Maryland, 72-55, and Stanford, 76-57 -- and then-No. 3 Duke by as many as 22 (83-61). The Huskies have won 24 in a row overall.
Bria Hartley netted 17 points for UConn (18-0), which hadn't won a game by less than 17 prior to Monday's tilt.
Odyssey Sims tallied 20 points, while Nina Davis registered 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Lady Bears (14-2), who hadn't lost at Ferrell Center since falling to Texas 70-54 on March 7, 2010.
UConn led by as many as 11 in the first half, and still held a 36-27 edge at the break, but Baylor slowly chipped away at the deficit and a Sims 3-pointer with 10:54 left cut the gap to 50-49.
The Lady Bears, though, never got any closer as the Huskies ended the game on a 16-6 run.