Odyssey Sims and Destiny Williams Recognized
10:30 A.M., THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012
Baylor Lady Bears Odyssey Sims and Destiny Williams were each recognized and honored for the women's basketball team's recent NCAA national title. Sims was honored by the City of Irving while Williams was paid tribute to by Michigan Congressman Fred Upton.
Both players were starters on Baylor's 2012 NCAA Championship team and helped guide the Lady Bears to a perfect 40-0 season.
During their City Council work session on Wednesday, Irving city officials honored Irving MacArthur High grad, Sims, a sophomore point guard. Mayor
Beth Van Duyne read a proclamation declaring April 18, 2012, as Odyssey Sims Day in Irving.
Sims was born and raised in Irving, where she played at basketball at Irving's Lee Park Recreation Center. Her MacArthur High No. 3 jersey was the first jersey ever retired in Irving ISD.
A 2012 All-American and All-Big 12 performer, Sims averaged 14.9 points, 4.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game. She was also named to both the Final Four and the Memphis Regional All-Tournament teams.
Williams, a 6-1 junior forward/post from Benton Harbor, Michigan and a graduate of Benton Harbor High School, averaged 10.1 points and 9.1 rebounds a contest for the Lady Bears. Williams was named a WBCA All-American honorable mention, was selected to the All-Tournament team at both the NCAA Tournament's Final Four and Memphis Regional and was a second-team All-Big 12 selection.
Congressman Upton gave a tribute in recognition of Williams. Upton made his tribute in the Congressional Record on April 16, 2012. The full text of Upton's remarks can be viewed here.
NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Highest-Rated and Most-Viewed Since 2004
10:30 A.M., SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012
ESPN's telecast of the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, an 80-61 Baylor victory over Notre Dame, on Tuesday averaged a 3.2 rating, 3,137,000 households and 4,244,000 viewers. The game stands as the network's highest-rated and most-viewed NCAA Women's Basketball Championship since 2004 and the fifth most-viewed since ESPN started televising the event in 1996. In 2004, ESPN averaged 4.3 rating, 3,801,000 households and 5,583,000 viewers for Connecticut's 70-61 win over Tennessee.
This year's telecast, documenting Baylor becoming the first women's or men's college basketball team to go 40-0, marked increases of 14 percent (vs. 2.8), 12 percent (vs. 2,804,000) and 11 percent (vs. 3,831,000), respectively, over last year.
Three-Game Final Four Up
In addition to the title game, ESPN's three-game Final Four coverage was the network's most-viewed Final Four average since 2004. The telecasts averaged a 2.6 rating, 2,600,000 households and 3,635,000 viewers for increases of eight percent (vs. 2.4), nine percent (vs. 2,380,000) and 13 percent (vs. 3,215,000), respectively, over 2011.
Second Most-Viewed NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament
Overall, the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship was ESPN's second most-viewed ever behind last year's record-setting tournament. ESPN finished with an average of 1,836,000 viewers and 1,373,000 households based on a 1.4 rating. This year's overall rating is even with last season. The viewers and households are down two percent (vs. 1,878,000) and five percent (vs. 1,445,000), respectively.
ESPN3, WatchESPN & espnW
ESPN's digital platforms, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, also posted double-digit growth with a 16 percent increase in viewership on ESPN3 compared to 2011. In addition, espnW.com logged an average of 300,000 daily unique visitors during the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship
Did You Know?? 40 fun facts and quotes for this year's 40 wins
11:45 A.M., FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
ESPN.com women's basketball writer, Mechelle Voepel, compiled 40 fun facts and quotes about the Lady Bears' 40 wins this season.
A few examples include...
-Baylor began this season with a final score that was a palindrome: 82-28. The unfortunate victim was Howard.
-Brittney Griner is tied with former Stanford guard Candice Wiggins for most free throws made (99) in the NCAA tournament. Griner was 11-of-15 from the line in her two games at this Final Four.
-Below freezing: That's what you call anything under 32 degrees. But it's also a good description of Baylor's field goal percentage defense. Baylor held its opponents to 31 percent shooting from the field this season. Brrrrrrrrrrr.
-Brittney Griner has fouled out of a game only once in her career, which came her freshman season. Asked how she avoids fouling while blocking shots, Griner said, "Just playing smart; trying to keep my body away. Really don't need to body them up to block a shot."
As Destiny Williams puts it: "She has a very, very, very, very long arm."
To view the entire article, click here.
Sic 'em Lady Bears!
By Emily Anne Moore