UK Women Gain Measure Of Revenge, Beat Baylor 74-64
Jennifer O'Neill scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half and No. 13 Kentucky rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat No. 8 Baylor 74-64.
O'Neill missed seven of her eight shots in the first half before heating up after the break. She helped Kentucky overcome a 40-26 deficit with a 21-7 run that tied the game at 47 before scoring five consecutive points in the final minutes to put the Wildcats ahead for good at 68-64 with 1:17 remaining.
Makayla Epps added 12 points including four free throws in the final minute as Kentucky scored the game's last 11 points over 2:28. Linnae Harper added 11 for the Wildcats, who shot just 36 percent but held Baylor (1-1) to 32 percent shooting and outrebounded the Lady Bears 24-18 in the final 20 minutes.
Kentucky lost to Baylor in last year's NCAA Tournament.
Reflecting on the victory UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said "that's a great win for us. We have a long way to go as a basketball team, but we learned a lot tonight and we have a lot of room for improvement. It's great to get into an atmosphere like this. I'm so appreciative of the fans for showing up tonight. It was an incredible atmosphere. We have a lot of respect for Baylor. They're so well-coached and they're such a tough team, and it was a real tough test for us tonight, so our hats are off to Baylor. I know they'll have a great season."