WACO, Texas (AP) - Nina Davis had 32 points and 10 rebounds in her first NCAA tournament debut and Odyssey Sims scored 31 points for Baylor in an 87-74 first-round victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday night.
With coach Kim Mulkey watching the game from her house while serving an NCAA suspension, the Lady Bears (30-4) advanced behind the big scoring games by the Big 12's top freshman and their most-experienced player.
Western Kentucky (24-9) led only once, but that was for less than a half-minute in the first half before Davis and Sims combined for all the Baylor points in a 14-4 run.
The only Baylor player ever with a 30-point game in the NCAA tournament had been Brittney Griner, who had five of them with a high of 40. It was the first time a pair of teammates had scored more than 30 points in an NCAA women's game since Gonzaga did it in 2011 according to STATS.
Baylor hadn't had two 30-pointer scorers since Danielle Crockrom and Sheila Lambert in a Big 12 game against Missouri on Feb. 18, 2001, during Mulkey's first season with the Lady Bears.
Davis made 11 of 13 field goals and 10 of 16 free throws. Sims, in her 14th NCAA tournament game, was 11-of-20 shooting with four 3-pointers.
The Lady Bears play Monday night against No. 7 seed California (22-9), which beat Fordham 64-63 in the earlier game Saturday at the Ferrell Center.
Chastity Gooch had 23 points for the Lady Toppers, and Sun Belt top freshman Kendall Noble had 21. Bianca McGee had 18 points that included four 3s.
Sims' 31 points extended her streak of double-digit scoring to 47 games. Sims was last held to single-digits vs. UCONN, Feb. 18, 2013, when she had 9. She now had 16 games with 30 or more points, 15 this season.
Nina Davis tallied a career-high 32 points and scored in double-figures for the 29th time this season.
Davis (32p/10r) records her 12th double-double.
Davis, with 24 points in the first half, recorded her 12th game of attaining double figures by halftime.
Niya Johnson, with nine assists tonight, became Baylor's all-time single-season assist leader, she has 220, eclipsing Sheila Lambert's 216 set during the 2001-02.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor held a 43-24 rebounding edge over Western Kentucky.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"At the beginning of the game when I started taking it to the goal, I found out that I was faster than the guy that was guarding me, so my teammates started feeding me the ball and I was just trying to use my quickness to get around them. And they pretty much worked through me for the night." - Baylor freshman forward Nina Davis
No. 2 seed Baylor advances to the NCAA Second Round, where the Lady Bears will face No. 7 seed Cal Monday at 8:15 p.m. CT at the Ferrell Center.