No. 9 Baylor women beat Houston Baptist 100-57

Odyssey Sims and No. 9 Baylor are still scoring a lot of points

after a lengthy break for final exams.

Sims had 25 points and seven assists, and the Lady Bears reached

triple figures for the third game in a row, and fifth time this

season, in a 100-57 victory Sunday over Houston Baptist in their

first game in nine days.

”It’s kind of been a stressful week,” said Sims, who entered

the game as the nation’s leading scorer with 30 points a game.

”We’ve been worrying about finals. Coach gave us (Saturday) and

Friday off, but I think today we came out and were ready to play.

I’m very impressed with how we played, just given that we had two

days off. That’s not something coach does all the time.”

The Lady Bears (8-1) extended their home-court winning streak to

a national-best 65 games. They were playing for the first time in

nine days, since a 133-130, four-overtime loss to No. 5 Kentucky at

the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium on Dec. 6.

Baylor’s five 100-point games this season have already set a

school record in NCAA competition. The Lady Bears had four

100-point games four previous times, the last in Brittney Griner’s

freshman season in 2009-10. They had 11 such games in AIWA

competition in 1977-78.

Freshman forward Nina Davis made all seven of her shots while

scoring 16 points for Baylor. Sune Agbuke had 12 points and 14

rebounds, while Khadijiah Cave had 12 points.

Four Baylor freshmen – Davis, Cave, Ieshia Small and Imani

Wright – combined for 36 points and 19 rebounds.

”This team is, as you can see, they’re very talented, but they

have a joyful inexperience about them. They learn how to move past

a mistake, and sometimes freshmen don’t do that,” coach Kim Mulkey

said. ”But Sune and Kristina (Higgins) are like freshmen. The only

advantage they had is they had to guard that older bunch that

graduated every day, and that was an advantage for them. But

there’s no substitute for game experience.”

Baylor put the game out of reach with a 22-4 run – capped by

consecutive layups by Agbuke – that made it 28-9.

Houston Baptist (3-5) had turnovers on six of its first 10

possessions, and finished with 20.

Tayler Jefferson had 13 points for the Huskies, who played for

the first time in 12 days. Shanice Steenholdt had 12 points and 11

rebounds.

Baylor led 51-25 at halftime after a half-ending 14-4 run and

two scores in the final 11 seconds. Davis had a layup with 11

seconds left, then Sims had a steal and drove for a layup with 1.7

seconds left.

Jefferson hit a 3-pointer to start the second half for Houston,

but Baylor then scored 10 straight points.

Steenholdt, who leads Houston Baptist in in scoring, rebounds,

blocks and steals, had one steal and no blocks.

”I thought she came back in the second half and battled a

little bit harder,” Houston Baptist coach Donna Finnie said. ”A

couple of times in the first half, I think she felt she should have

had the call that wasn’t called. She let that get to her. In the

second half, she crashed harder and took more responsibility on the

offensive end. She definitely picked it up.”