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.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor had 40 bench points to Rice's 20.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"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.