Lady Bears begin the regular season with professional teams
Players, staff and supporters gathered inside the Ferrell Center Thursday night
The game in Fort Worth, Texas, will air live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. (CT)
The Lady Bears take a 21-game win streak into the Top 25 matchup
The Lady Bears play their third game in seven days at Texas Tech
Baylor vs. Notre Damea (USATSI)
Baylor Lady Bears NCAA Sweet Sixteen vs Kentucky, 03/29/14
Baylor vs. Kentucky (USATSI)
Baylor Lady Bears NCAA Round Two vs CA, 03/24/14
Baylor vs. California (USATSI)
Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year (2013-14)
ESPNW National Player of the Week (Nov. 25, Jan. 6)
Big 12 Player of the Week (2013-14; Nov. 25, Dec. 9, Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Feb. 3)
WBCA All-American (2012, 2013)
USBWA All-American (2012, 2013)
AP All-American, first team (2013)
AP All-American, second team (2012)
All-Tournament Team, Oklahoma City Regional (2013)
All-Tournament Team, Final Four (2012)
All-Tournament Team, Des Moines Regional (2012)
Lieberman Award Finalist (2012, 2013)
All Big 12 First Team (2011, 2012, 2013)
All Big 12 Defensive Team (2012, 2013)
Wooden Award & Wade Trophy Finalist (2012, 2013)
Naismith Trophy, USBWA Finalist listS (2012, 2013)
All-Tournament Team, Big 12 Championships (2012, 2013)
World University Games (USA Basketball, 2011, 2013); 2013 WUG CO-MVP
National Freshman of the Year (USBWA)
All-America Honorable Mention (State Farm/WBCA)
WBCA All-Region 5 (2011, 2012, 2013)
Big 12 Freshman of the Year (2011)
Big 12 Freshman of the Week (Dec. 20, Dec. 27, Jan. 17, Jan. 31, Feb. 28)
Big 12 Player of the Week (2012-13; Dec. 17, Feb. 11)
Slated to graduate May 2014 ... Attended USA Basketball's National Team mini-camp in early October ... Earned her second World University Games gold medal and was named the tournament's most valuable player when the USA Basketball squad defeated Russia, 90-71, in the gold medal game at the 2013 World University games in Russia ... By earning her second championship, Sims became the first women's basketball two-time gold medalist for the USA at the World University Games ... Dished out 10 assists in 19 minutes of action vs. Brazil, tying the USA World University Games individual game high record ... Averaged 12.7 points and 5.3 assists per game while leading the team in assists (32) and steals (12) ... Scored 1,000th career point in BU's 2012 NCAA Championship Sweet 16 game vs. Georgia Tech, accomplished the feat in 73 games, became the 20th BU player to score over 1,000 points ... Played on the USA Basketball's 2011 World University Games gold medal winning team in Shenzhen, China ... Averaged 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 18.2 minutes a game.
ON BU CAREER CHARTS...
1. Assists - 572
1. 3-point field goals made - 223
2. 3-point field goal percentage - .409
2. Free throw percentage - .813
3. Free throws made - 487
4. Steals - 258
4. Points - 2,140
4. Games started - 117
8. Games played - 131
Recorded game-high 25 points, six assists, three steals and three rebounds vs. Texas Tech ... Tallied 17 points, eight assists and two steals, the last of which preserved Baylor's 69-66 overtime victory at No. 8 Oklahoma State ... Hauled down a career-high and team-leading 12 rebounds while pouring in 31 points in loss at Kansas ... Career-high 48 points and career-high 10 rebounds at West Virginia to record sixth career double-double but first by points and rebounds ... Added a team-leading seven assists and two steals vs. the Mountaineers ... 30 points and five rebounds vs. Kansas ... Tallied 40 points at Kansas State, second career 40-plus point game ... Scored a career-high 47 points and played a career-high 41 minutes before fouling out in the first overtime period in BU's quadruple overtime loss to #5 Kentucky ... 47 point performance ranks No. 2 on the Big 12 and No. 3 on Baylor's single-game scoring charts ... Dished out a career-high-tying 13 assists vs. San Jose State, also added 29 points, five assists and five steals ... Delivered second 30-point effort of season and third of career with 30 vs. Northwestern State ... Scored 33 points vs. Rice, second-highest scoring game of her career ... Recorded 23 points, five rebounds and five assists vs. Nicholls State ... Turned in third-highest career point total with 28 points in season opener vs. Grambling ... Named Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 25, Dec. 9, Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Feb. 3) and ESPNW National Player of the Week (Nov. 25, Jan. 6).
Consensus All-American ... Finalist for all national player of the year awards ... Shared team Co-MVP honors for the second straight year with Brittney Griner ... Played in 32 (missed four due to injury) of 36 games this season, starting in 31 contests ... Averaged 12.9 points, 5.8 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.5 rebounds a contest ... In Big 12 statistics, ranked No. 1 in assist/turnover ratio (2.7), No. 3 in steals (2.8), No. 4 in assists (5.8), No. 5 in free throw percentage (.832), No. 13 in field goal percentage (.477) and No. 14 in scoring (12.9) ... No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio, No. 25 in assists and No. 36 in steals ... Produced second and third career double-doubles (12 p/10a vs. both Oklahoma and Prairie View A&M) ... Tallied 11 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes of action vs. Lamar ... Left the Stanford game in the first five minutes due to a hamstring injury, missed four games (UT Martin, Hawai'i, Liberty, Rice) ... Returned to court at No. 5 Notre Dame, tallied 16 points, six assists, two steals and a block, was 10-10 from the free throw line ... Led team in scoring vs. Oral Roberts with a season-high 27 points, also added six assists and six steals ... Tallied eight points, eight assists and two steals vs. No. 10 Tennessee ... Against No. 25 Iowa State, had seven points, six assists, four steals and only one turnover ... Tallied 15 points, a game-high seven assists and three steals vs. West Virginia ... Recorded first double-double of the season with 12 points and a season-high 10 assists vs. No. 20 Oklahoma ... Big 12 Player of the Week (Dec. 17, Feb. 11) ... Narrowly missed a double-double vs. Kansas with 13p/9a ... Scored a team-leading 18 points vs. Texas Tech, hit a season-high three treys and added six steals and five assists ... Tallied 15 points and dished out team-high six assists vs. Texas ... 13 points and a team-leading six assists and four steals at Oklahoma ... Tallied 10 points and seven assists vs. Kansas State in Big 12 Championship Quarterfinals ... 12 points and seven assists vs. Oklahoma State in Big 12 Championship semifinal game ... Scored 20 points vs. Iowa State in Big 12 Championship title game ... Poured in a season-high 29 points vs. Louisville in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 loss ... Also tallied seven rebounds, six steals and five assists while shooting .500 (9-18) from the floor and was 8-of-8 from the free throw line vs. the national runner-up Cardinals ... Ranked No. 2 nationally in assist/turnover ratio (2.7) and No. 25 in assists (5.8) ... All-Big 12 first team, Big 12 All-Defensive team, Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team selection ... Shared team MVP honors with Brittney Griner.
Earned team Co-MVP honors with Brittney Griner ... Named USBWA All-American, NCAA Championship Final Four All-Tournament team, Des Moines Regional All-Tournament team ... AP All-America second team, All-Big 12 first team, All-Big 12 Defensive team and to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team ... One of eight nominees for 2012 Lieberman Award (nation's top point guard) one of 15 finalists for Wooden Award, also a Wade Trophy finalist ... Named to WBCA All-Region 5 team ... Averaged 19.6 points per game vs. BU's 13 ranked opponents ... Named to midseason lists for Naismith Trophy and USBWA ... In national statistics, ranked No. 20 in steals (3.0), No. 60 in assist/turnover ratio and No. 66 in assists (4.4) ... Scored in double-digits in 30 of 40 games, including eight 20-point outings ... Produced second double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 assists vs. Milwaukee ... Recorded six assists and a career-high six steals vs. the Fighting Irish ... Turned in first double-double of career with 13 points and a career-high 13 assists vs. Yale, added a career-high seven steals ... Outstanding effort at No. 6 Tennessee with 23 points, a team-high and career-high tying eight rebounds, nine assists and two steals, was 14-of-15 from the free throw line ... Narrowly missed a triple-double vs. Texas Southern with 19p/9a/8s ... One assist shy of a double-double at Minnesota with 15 points and nine assists, also added four steals .. Poured in 23 points and had four steals vs. No. 2 UConn, was perfect from the free throw line (6-6) ... Led the team in scoring vs. Missouri with 22, added four steals and four assists ... Solid effort at Oklahoma with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals ... 12 points, three assists and three steals at Missouri ... 14 points, four rebounds and four steals vs. Oklahoma ... 15 points and team-leading five assists at Kansas ... Team-high 25 points at No. 17 Texas. A&M ... Was 6-8 from the floor and 4-5 from 3-point range and led the team in scoring with 18 points vs. Texas Tech in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals ... Scored 14 points, including seven from free throw line, in BU's NCAA Tournament second round game vs. Florida ... Scored a game-high 27 points in BU's regional final victory over No. 9 Tennessee, also dished out four steals and registered threee steals ... Tallied 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 40 minutes of action vs. No. 2 Stanford ... In NCAA Championship title game vs. No. 4 Notre Dame, recorded 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Named National Freshman of the Year (USBWA) ... Earned State Farm/WBCA All-America honorable mention status ... Named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and All-Big 12 first team ... Earned the team's Most Improved Player Award ... Poured in a career-high 37 points, including the go-ahead basket in the closing second, that lifted Baylor past No. 16 Oklahoma in Norman (Feb. 27) ... Tied a school record for most 3-point field goals made with nine and her 37 points tied for the ninth-most in school history and second-most by a BU freshman, was 9-of-12 from 3-point range and 14-of-19 for the game ... Led the Big 12 Conference in 3-point FG percentage at .453 (67-148) ... Came off the bench the first nine games but started last 24 at point guard ... Recorded 24 double-digit scoring efforts, including six 20-point games and one 30-point outing ... Recorded then-career-highs of 17 points, six rebounds, three steals and 34 minutes, at UConn, was 7-of-9 from the floor including 3-of-3 from 3-point range ... Scored in double figures in 24 of last 32 games she played in ... Led the team in 3-point field goals made (67) and was No. 2 in assists (111) and scoring (13.1) ... Scored a team-leading, then-career-high 24 points vs. No. 6 Tennessee, also registered a career-high four steals and played 40 minutes for the first time in a contest ... Posted a then-career-high 25 points vs. No. 23 Syracuse, 22 of which came in first half ... Reined in a then-career-high, team-leading eight rebounds vs. Iowa State ... Recorded 20-plus scoring game with 23 at Texas ... Notched fifth 20-plus scoring effort with 21 at Kansas ... Scored a then-career-high tying 25 points at Texas A&M, sixth 20-plus scoring effort of season ... Dished out a career-high six assists vs. Texas ... With 22 points, combined with Brittney Griner's 26, to score 48 of team's 67 points in victory over No. 5 Texas A&M ... Registered 18 points and a career-high-tying eight rebounds at Colorado ... Popped in 14 points, including four treys, in Big 12 Championship semifinal victory over Kansas State ... 13 points, four assists vs. West Virginia ... 18 points, four assists, 3 steals vs. Green Bay ... Earned Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors five times (Dec. 20, Dec. 27, Jan. 17, Jan. 31, Feb. 28) ... Named to Bahamas Sunsplash Shootout's All-Tournament team.
Started four years of varsity basketball at Irving's MacArthur HS under former Baylor player Suzie Oelschlegel ... Averaged 22.5 points, 4.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds as a senior ... The left-hander is known for her speed, quickness and ability to play both ends of the floor ... Led MacArthur to a No. 4 national ranking and a No. 1 state ranking ... Tore her ACL (right knee) on Feb. 27 and underwent reconstructive surgery on March 15 ... Rated the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2010 and No. 3 player overall ... Earned the WBCA/State Farm National High School Player of the Year award ... Named a WBCA, Parade magazine and McDonald's All-American ... Naismith High School Player of the Year finalist ... Two-time Gatorade Player of the Year nominee ... Appeared on the December 2009 cover of ESPN's Rise magazine ... Named to the All-USA Girls Basketball team by USA Today ... High school jersey hangs in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's Ring of Honor ... Led MacArthur HS to a four-year record of 120-25 and was named District 7-5A's Most Valuable Player all four years ... Three-time all-state selection by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and Texas Girls Coaches Association ... On May 21, 2010, Sims' No. 3 jersey was retired, marking the first time that any athletic jersey, boys or girls, had been retired in the 47 year history of the school ... In addition, since the founding of the Irving ISD in 1909, Sims is the first athlete of any sport, boys or girls, to have a jersey officially retired.
Full name is Odyssey Celeste Sims ... Nickname is "O" ... Daughter of Pamela Thompson of Irving, Texas ... Born July 13, 1992, in Irving, Texas ... Has two older brothers, Oscar and Onaye ... Selected Baylor over LSU Tennessee and Texas A&M ... Chose Baylor because of its proximity to home ... Likes to spend her free time playing basketball, basketball, basketball ... Speech communication major ... Would like to play basketball professionally.