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No. 7 WBB Captures Big 12 Title Over West Virginia, 74-71

(29-4, 16-2) 7/8
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Oklahoma City, Okla. • Attendance: 4,710
(29-4, 16-2) 9/9

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)- Odyssey Sims overcame an ankle injury and scored 19 points to help No. 9 Baylor defeat No. 7 West Virginia 74-71 Monday night in the Big 12 women's championship game.

Niya Johnson also had 19 points and made four free throws in the final minute, and Nina Davisadded 16 points for the Lady Bears (29-4), who have won 15 of their past 16 games. Davis, a freshman, was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

Bria Holmes scored 24 points and Linda Stepney added 10 for West Virginia (29-4), which had won 12 straight.

The teams shared the regular-season Big 12 title and split their games during the regular season, with each winning on the other's home court. West Virginia slowed Sims, who had scored 48 and 39 points in the regular season games, but the Bears supported her Monday by shooting 48 percent overall.

The lead went back and forth in the final minutes.

Sims made a jumper with 50.4 seconds left to put Baylor up 70-69.

West Virginia misconnected on a post entry pass and turned the ball over. Baylor ran the clock down, forcing West Virginia to foul. Holmes committed her fifth foul by reaching in on Johnson, and Johnson made two free throws.

West Virginia's Stepney made a layup with 5.4 seconds remaining, then West Virginia quickly fouled. Johnson made two more free throws with 4.7 seconds to play to put Baylor up by three. Stepney missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and Baylor celebrated.

Odyssey Sims' 938 points this season sets a new Big 12 Conference single season scoring record, she passed Brittney Griner's 929 set over 40 games during the 2011-12 season.
• Sims' 19 points extended her streak of double-digit scoring to 46 games. Sims was last held to single-digits vs. UCONN, Feb. 18, 2013, when she had 9.
• Sims now has 106 career games in double figures.
Nina Davis (16 points) scored in double-figures for the 28th time this season.
• Davis, with 14 points in the first half, recorded her 11th game of attaining double figures by halftime.
Niya Johnson scored a career-high 19 points, her fourth double-figure game of the season.
• Johnson also recorded a career-high nine free throws.
Sune Agbuke hauled down 10 rebounds for her 14th career double-digit rebounding effort and sixth of the season, including second straight.

Baylor outscored West Virginia in the paint, 44-34.


"Coming into the year it definitely wasn't my focus so I didn't expect I would be where I am now and getting MVP, but it's just a feeling that I can't describe." - Baylor freshman forward Nina Davis

Baylor awaits its NCAA Tournament draw, where the Lady Bears will open with first and second rounds in Waco March 22 and 24.



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