Sims leads No. 9 Baylor women to 113-73 win

Makenzie Robertson and the rest of the Baylor players know if

they get open, Odyssey Sims will get them the ball.

While setting up teammates to score, Sims also gets plenty of

points herself.

Sims scored 29 points and had 13 assists to become the Baylor

career leader in that category as the ninth-ranked Lady Bears beat

San Jose State 113-73 on Tuesday night to stretch their

nation’s-best home winning streak to 64 games.

”Odyssey’s great,” Robertson said. ”If you get open, she’ll

get you the ball. Even if you don’t think you’re open, she’ll get

you the ball.”

It was the first game in 10 days for the Lady Bears (7-0), who

next have their biggest test before Big 12 play when they play No.

5 Kentucky on Friday night in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium.

Short-handed San Jose State (4-4), with only eight players in

uniform, ran out to a 23-18 lead on Rebecca Woodberry’s third

3-pointer with 13:40 left in the first half.

The Lady Bears then scored 14 straight points in less than 3

minutes. They led 32-23 after consecutive 3-pointers by Robertson,

both on passes from Sims. The Spartans missed their only two shots

and had three turnovers in that shorter span, which was part of a

31-7 run by Baylor.

Sims, who entered the game as the Big 12 scoring leader and No.

3 nationally with 27.3 points per game, also had five steals and

five rebounds with one turnover in 27 minutes. She has 505 career

assists.

”Odyssey Sims can do it all. She’s a point guard who can score

if you need her to, she can pass if you need her to, she can defend

if you need her to,” coach Kim Mulkey said. ”She can play the 2

or the 1. Not many players can do that, and she can play for long

periods of time. … She got that monkey off of her back and now

she can just go out there and have a good senior year and lead our

basketball team.”

Needing only two assists to overtake Angela Tisdale’s school

record of 493, Sims had that in less than 3 minutes. She had 10

assists by halftime, and had 17 points as the Lady Bears led

63-38.

”After they announced it, I was aware of it,” Sims insisted

about the record. ”It’s really not that important, not to me. Like

Coach said, I came here to win championships and have a good senior

year.”

Spartans coach Jamie Craighead said it was ”fun to watch” Sims

play.

”Does anyone really defend her? She’s got to be the best point

guard in the country, and probably the best player in the

country,” Craighead said.

Freshman forward Nina Davis had 15 points in 17 minutes for

Baylor while Robertson scored 13 points, Khadijiah Cave had 12 and

Chardonae Fuqua 10 for Baylor. Niya Johnson had 14 assists and

eight rebounds.

Woodberry finished with 19 points, while Classye James had 17

and Ta’Rea Cunnigan 16.

The Lady Bears have rolled past their first seven opponents by

an average margin of 44.7 points, the best in the country, and

scored at least 110 points three times. The most points they ever

scored the previous four seasons with 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner, the

two-time AP player of the year, was 109 – and that was in their

only 100-point game during their 40-0 national championship two

seasons ago with Sims was a sophomore.

The Lady Bears played for the first time since Nov. 23, when

they won their third game in three days to win the Athletes in

Action Classic on campus. Their other remaining non-conference

games before the Big 12 opener Jan. 2 at Kansas State are against

Houston Baptist, Mississippi and McNeese State – all at home.

Woodberry scored on a layup off the opening tip and then made

three 3-pointers, the last from well beyond the line on the right

wing.

”Really for me, it was about playing a team that we know can

defend and score,” Craighead said. ”Ii thought if we could maybe

come out of the game scoring 70 to 80 points, we could take

something away from this game.”