Kentucky Wildcats Defeat Baylor Lady Bears in 4OT Women's Basketball Thriller

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 6, 2013

DENVER, CO - APRIL 03:  Head coach Kim Mulkey of the Baylor Bears reacts as she coaches in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the National Final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at Pepsi Center on April 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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There are close games, and then there are games that go into quadruple overtime.  The Top 10 matchup between the Kentucky Wildcats and Baylor Lady Bears was the latter on Friday night, as the Wildcats won 133-130 over the Lady Bears.

The game was tight nearly the entire time, but the Wildcats had a 12-point lead with around eight minutes left in the second half.  Unfortunately for them, they couldn't hold on to that lead, as the Lady Bears were determined to come back.  They nearly won the game at the end of regulation, but a missed layup from Makenzie Robertson sent the game into overtime.

Down three with nine seconds left, the Lady Bears were still determined to hold on.  Imani Wright came up with the huge three-pointer to send the game to a second overtime.  It was the Wildcats who got the game-tying shot in the second overtime, Kastine Evans scoring on the jumper with three seconds remaining.

Clutch free throws at the end of the third overtime by Janee Thompson and a missed Robertson layup gave us a fourth overtime, and by then it was just a crazy game.  It looked like the Lady Bears were pulling away after scoring the first five points in the third OT, but they couldn't close the deal.

Things finally ended in the fourth overtime, with the Wildcats never trailing in the period, and sealing the deal thanks to some free throws and missed opportunities by Baylor.  Alexis Prince had a chance to tie things up with just one second left on a three-pointer, but it rimmed out and the game was over.  According to ESPN Stats & Info, the game was the highest-scoring game in women's Division I history.

ESPN's Jay Harris gave this crazy contest an early nomination for the ESPY Game of the Year.

Overall, nine players scored in double figures, and five scored at least 20 points.  Odyssey Simms led the Lady Bears and all scorers with 47 points on 17-of-33 shooting, along with 12-of-15 from the free-throw line.  Coming off of the bench, Jennifer O'Neill scored 43 for Kentucky on 14-of-31 shooting.

The Wildcats moved to 9-0 and now have a shot to move up from their current No. 5 ranking. Meanwhile, the Lady Bears will likely fall out of the Top 10, moving to 7-1.  

However, with how close these two teams played, it's safe to say that both of them should have very successful seasons, and will hopefully meet once again during the NCAA tournament.