A year ago the Notre Dame and Louisville men provided one of the gems of the college basketball season with a five-overtime thriller you almost didn't want to end.
Friday night the Kentucky and Baylor women nearly matched it with a four-overtime epic in which the fifth-ranked Wildcats finally prevailed 133-130 but only after a tying 3-pointer by No. 9 Baylor rimmed out at the buzzer.
The matchup was the opener in a doubleheader that featured the men's teams from the same schools at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. All four teams were ranked among the top 25
It was the highest scoring game in the history of women's Division I basketball with plenty of numbers to marvel.
Two players scored more than 40 points and one of came off the bench to do it.
Kentucky guard Jennifer O'Neill made 14 of 31 field goal attempts and 13 of 19 free throws to set a school record with 43 points, despite not starting.
"She's a tremendous player, the first McDonald's All-American we ever signed and she delivered tonight," Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said.
Baylor guard Odyssey Sims made 17 of 33 field goal attempts and 12 of 15 free throws to lead all scorers with 47 points. She fouled in the first overtime.
The teams combined to shoot 112 free throws. Seven Baylor players fouled out, including four of five starters. Three Wildcats fouled out.
Baylor attempted 105 field goals and made 45 of them. Kentucky managed to win despite getting up 12 fewer shots, but the Wildcats made three more free throws (49) than Baylor attempted (33-for-46).
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