Ultimately, it came down to the final two minutes, Baylor holding a 69-65 lead. Mosqueda-Lewis was doing her best to keep up with Griner, scoring two quick hoops to keep UConn in sight
Griner's two free throws gave Baylor a 73-67 lead with 1:05 to play. They also made Griner the eighth player in the game's history to score 3,000 points.
It was clear UConn would have to make adjustments to compensate for Griner and the Huskies didn't get h much help from the bench post players. Breanna Stewart played just four minutes in the first half. Kiah Stokes did not appear until late in the second half. Heather Buck did not play at all.
The inside game that has benefited UConn so much was mostly unavailable because of Griner's size. So the Huskies tried to whip the ball around, setting screens, looking for seams to move inside or the space to shoot.
It started well. The Huskies opened a 12-2 lead with 15:32 to play and then expanded it to 16-5 with 13 minutes to go in the half. Then they grew cold.
Worse yet, UConn lost some of its poise, throwing passes to places with no one to catch them. Its timing seemed off, confused almost, which ultimately led to 11 first-half turnovers.
But that could have been overcome had they shot better from the perimeter. They didn't. The Huskies were 12 of 32 in the first half, just 3 of 12 from three. If not for Mosqueda-Lewis, who was 5 of 6 for 13 points (and 10 rebounds), the Huskies were 7 of 26 from the floor.
And slowly Baylor came back. The Huskies were doing a good job on Griner, keeping two players on her when the ball came her way. Averaging 22 points, she was just 2 of 9 from the field in the first half.
But Baylor did a better job of finding spots in the paint to score and getting others in transition.
Destiny Williams, the team's top offensive rebounder, grabbed eight of the 15 the Lady Bears used to keep possessions alive. And slowly they climbed back.
They rolled off a 7-0 run to make it 16-12. And after Mosqueda-Lewis scored to re-establish a 22-14 lead, Baylor scored 12 of the final 19 points to move within 29-26 at the half.
At the end of the half, UConn associate coach Chris Dailey repeated her recent tradition of asking fans to follow her along in a cheer.
This one seemed appropriate: "Rebound, rebound, rebound."