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Brittney Griner reaches 3,000 points as No. 1 Baylor tops No. 3 UConn 76-70

  • Baylor's Brittney Griner, left, is pressured by Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)The Associated Press

  • Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey, left, and Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, greet one another before an NCAA college basketball game between the two teams in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)The Associated Press

  • Baylor's Destiny Williams, left, and Connecticut's Caroline Doty, right, fight for control of the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)The Associated Press

  • Baylor's Brittney Griner, right, shoots over Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)The Associated Press

Brittney Griner scored 25 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to help No. 1 Baylor rally and beat third-ranked Connecticut 76-70 on Monday night, extending the Lady Bears' winning streak to 23 games.

Griner became the eighth player in Division I history to reach the milestone, doing it on two free throws with 1:05 left.

The defending national champion Lady Bears' only loss this season came in Hawaii against Stanford back in November. Baylor (25-1) went 40-0 last season en route to the school's second national championship.

Baylor led 54-53 midway through the second half before Griner took over. She scored seven points during the burst, and her putback made it 67-61 with 5 minutes left.

UConn rallied behind Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to make it a 67-65, but Griner answered with a putback. Then she hit the two free throws 1:30 later to make it 73-67 and seal the win.