HONOLULU Brittney Griner and Baylor were rarely challenged during a 42-game winning streak that included a national title and a quick start to this season.
But the unfamiliar scene of Hawaii and an eager opponent in No. 4 Stanford keen on avenging a loss in the Final Four were too much for the top-ranked Lady Bears, who fell 71-69 Friday.
Griner scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half, helping the Lady Bears rally from a 14-point deficit in the first half. Her shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim, and Stanford celebrated the victory. It was the Lady Bears' first defeat since losing to Texas A&M in the regional final of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Baylor went 40-0 last season with no team coming within five points of the Lady Bears.
"You don't ever want to lose. You're in Hawaii; you're not under the normal circumstances of a regular practice schedule. You're enjoying the beach and not having as much time to prepare," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.
Chiney Ogwumike scored 18 points to lead Stanford (3-0), which lost to Baylor in the national semifinals last season by 12 points. Her reverse layup gave Stanford a four-point lead with 22 seconds left after Joslyn Tinkle broke a tie with a layup with just under 1 minute to go.
Destiny Williams responded with the first three-pointer of her career to pull Baylor (2-1) within one. Stanford's Toni Kokenis made one of two free throws. Baylor got the rebound and advanced the ball to halfcourt before calling a timeout to set up the final play.
Griner caught the ball in the low block, and with three players draped on her, the 6-foot-8 star's shot fell harmlessly off the rim, setting off a wild celebration by the Cardinal at midcourt.
"We knew where the ball was going it's a matter if we're able to make the play. It's hard to make a play on Griner," Ogwumike said.
Baylor's run was the fifth-longest winning streak in NCAA women's history. Stanford also ended UConn's NCAA-record 90-game run in 2010.
Sac State women 79, Cal State Bakersfield 72 in Bakersfield Fantasia Hilliard (Sacramento High School) and Alle Moreno each scored a game-high 18 points as the Hornets defeated the Roadrunners. Sac State's Kylie Kuhns scored 12 points and had a game-high 14 rebounds. Both teams are 1-2.
Sacramento State 74, Utah 71 in Salt Lake City Dylan Garrity scored 19 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with 1:27 left to help Sacramento State rally from a 13-point second-half deficit and upset Utah 74-71 Friday night.
The Hornets are 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. John Dickson scored 16 points to help Sac State win just its third game against a Pacific-12 Conference opponent and its first since defeating Oregon State in November 2009.
Utah (1-1) could not hold on despite 16 points from Glen Dean, 13 points from Jarred DuBois and 10 points from Renan Lenz.
Colorado 60, No. 16 Baylor 58 in Charleston, S.C. Despite shooting 4 of 18 from the free-throw line, Colorado (3-0) advanced to the championship game of the eight-team Charleston Classic by holding off the Bears (3-1), whose final chance ended when 7-foot-1 Isaiah Austin was off the mark on a catch-and-shoot prayer with a second left.
Cal 72, Denver 61 in Denver Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, Justin Cobbs had 17 and Cal (3-0) pulled away in the final 12 minutes. David Kravish had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears, who had five players score in double figures. Brett Olson had 17 points for the Pioneers (1-2).
Saint Joseph's 79, No. 20 Notre Dame 70 (OT) in New York Ronald Roberts had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Hawks (2-0) over the Fighting Irish (2-1) in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Roberts scored the first seven points of the overtime as Saint Joseph's pulled away, outscoring Notre Dame 13-4 in the extra five minutes.