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