Nov. 22, 2013
Waco, Texas • Attendance: 6,662
WACO, Texas (AP) -Odyssey Sims scored 30 points to help No. 9 Baylor extend the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 62 games with an 88-54 victory over Northwestern State on Friday night.
The Lady Bears (5-0) put together a game-clinching 11-0 run over a span of just over 2 minutes early in the second half, grabbing a 49-37 lead on Nina Davis' layup. They kept building on the advantage from there, leading by as many as 36 points.
Sims, a preseason AP All-American, has scored at least 20 points in six straight games. The senior point guard also had five rebounds and five assists in her second 30-point game this season.
Davis, among five freshmen for the Lady Bears, had 11 points.
Trudy Armstead had 19 points for Northwestern State (2-2), including a layup in the opening minute after halftime to get the Lady Demons within 38-32.
Sune Agbuke made a layup for Baylor with 18:47 left, and added a three-point play 40 seconds later. Davis had the run-capping layup with 16:35 to go.
After falling behind by 10 early, the Lady Demons got even at 25 with 7:29 left in the first half after Armstead had four free throws in a 32-second span. They never took the lead.
Baylor went ahead to stay with a 10-2 run that included consecutive baskets in 23 seconds by Sims, the second a steal and a layup. Davis had a three-point play to wrap up that spurt.
Beatrice Attura had 13 points for Northwestern State.
The Lady Bears overcame 19 turnovers, and had a 53-31 rebound advantage. Both teams shot 22 percent from 3-point range (5 of 23).
The Lady Bears extended their program-record home win streak to 62 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 32 straight regular season games since a 71-69 loss to No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 16, 2012, in Honolulu.
In Baylor's last 258 games, only one opponent (Stanford, .509) has shot 50 percent or above. Last season, the Cardinal broke BU's streak of 217 games of holding opponents to under 50 percent shooting.
Baylor is 113-5 over the last four seasons and 101 of those wins have been by 10 points or more - only five times has Baylor's winning margin been five points or fewer.
Baylor is 79-2 over the past three seasons.
Baylor has 39 straight games with at least one 3-point field goal made dating back to Nov. 13, 2012 when the Lady Bears were 0-for-3 from long range.
With 30 points, senior Odyssey Sims extended her streak of double-digit scoring to 15 games. Sims was last held to single-digits against UCONN, Feb. 18 when she had nine.
Sims' 30 points gave her six straight games with at least 20 points dating back to last year's NCAA Tournament game with Louisville; and it marks the 23rd time in her career she's passed the 20-point mark in a game and 3rd time (2nd this season) that she's surpassed the 30-point mark.
Sims has now scored double figures in the first half of all five games this season (13 vs. Grambling State; 14 vs. Nicholls State; 24 vs. Rice (career high); 11 vs. Savannah State; 20 vs. Northwestern State).
Sims now has 489 career assists, which are the second-most all-time at Baylor and 5 shy of Angela Tisdale's (2004-08) record.
Sims now has 4 games (2 this season) of having at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and notched her first with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Freshman Nina Davis' 11 points helped her reach double figures in each of her first five collegiate games.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor held a 26-9 edge in second chance points over Northwestern State.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I have coached for a long time and I pitch at halftime. At halftime I talked to them about their defense. I just didn't think we played very good defense. That was very obvious when you saw they were shooting a higher percentage from the field than we were. We were missing too many free throws and we weren't getting post touches. Consequently, when we came out in the second half, the lead swung." - Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey
The Lady Bears continue play in the Athletes in Action Classic Saturday at 5 p.m. against UTSA at the Ferrell Center.