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Sims Leads No. 9 WBB Past Rice, 79-46

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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 6,516

(3-0) 9/9

WACO, Texas - Odyssey Sims scored 33 points, outscoring Rice much of the game on her own as ninth-ranked Baylor won 79-46 on Monday night to extend its nation's-best home winning streak to 60 games.

Sims, the preseason AP All-American point guard and only returning starter this season after Brittney Griner's departure, has scored at least 23 points in all three games for the Lady Bears (3-0).

When Sims made a short basket with 9:18 left in the first half, the Lady Bears led 23-14 and Sims already had 15 points - one more than Rice at the time. That was also the end of a span when she scored 12 consecutive points for Baylor.

Rice (2-2) didn't surpass Sims' final point total until Jessica Kuster's basket with 6:22 left made it 64-34. That was just a few seconds before Sims exited the game for good.

When Sims made a basket with 7 1/2 minutes left that made it 64-32, the Baylor pep band started chanting "Odyssey's winning! Oydssey's winning!"

Sims finished 12-of-23 shooting with three 3s. She had three assists, two steals and no turnovers in 29 minutes.

• The Lady Bears extended their home win streak to 60 games; the streak is the longest active streak in the nation after UCONN snapped Stanford's string of 82-straight wins on Dec. 29, 2012. Baylor's last loss in Waco came against Texas, March 7, 2010 by a score of 70-54.
• Baylor has won 30 straight regular season games since a 71-69 loss to No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 16, 2012, in Honolulu.
• With 33 points, Odyssey Sims extended her streak of double-digit scoring to 13 games. Sims was last held to single-digits against UCONN, Feb. 18 when she had nine.
• Sims' 33 points gave her four straight games with at least 20 points dating back to last year's NCAA Tournament game with Louisville; and it marks the 21st time in her career she's passed the 20-point mark in a game.
• Sims eclipsed the 30-point mark for the second time in her career in her second-highest scoring game of her career (37).
• Sims now has 76 career games in double figures and has led the team in points 14 times in her career.
• Sims' 23 field goal attempts are the most she's had in a game, eclipsing the 22 she had vs. Tennessee on Dec. 14, 2010.
• Sims outscored Rice all by herself in the first half 24-18 as her 24 points were a career-high for any half of her career.
• Sims has now scored double figures in the first half of all three games this season (13 vs. Grambling State; 14 vs. Nicholls State; 24 vs. Rice).
Nina Davis' 10 points helped her reach double figures in each of her first three collegiate games.
Imani Wright scored 11 points to give her double-digit points in each of her first three collegiate games.

Baylor had 40 bench points to Rice's 20.


"How many plays can I run for her? That's what I think. Odyssey is just a special player." - Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey

The Lady Bears are back at the Ferrell Center Thursday (Nov. 21), when they host Savannah State at 7 p.m. CT.



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