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Baylor Tops McNeese State, 82-57


57
MCNEESE ST.
(7-4) NR/NR
  1ST 2ND F
29 28 57
44 38 87
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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 6,927

87
BAYLOR
(10-1) 9/9

THE RUNDOWN
WACO, Texas (AP) - Odyssey Sims scored 27 points, and No. 9 Baylor beat McNeese State 82-57 Saturday night in the last game before the start of conference play for both teams.

The Lady Bears (10-1) extended their nation-leading home winning streak to 67 games, a school record.

Sims, the top scorer in the country at 30.1 points per game, led a 14-2 first-half run to take control heading into a visit to Kansas State for the Big 12 opener on Thursday. The Lady Bears have won three straight conference regular-season and tournament titles.

Baylor has one more non-conference game at home against No. 1 Connecticut on Jan. 13.

Allison Baggett scored 22 points to lead McNeese State (7-4), which had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Cowgirls play host to Southeastern Louisiana in their Southland Conference opener Thursday.

Before the game, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey presented Sims with a ball commemorating the school assists record she broke with a career-high 13 against San Jose State on Dec. 3. She had two assists against McNeese to put her at 524. Angela Tisdale had 493 from 2004-08.

It won't be long before Sims becomes the school's career 3-point leader. She was 5 of 7 from long range against McNeese and needs six to break Jennifer King's record of 195 from 1989-93.

Sims, the only Baylor player in double figures, had back-to-back 3-pointers and 10 points overall during the 14-2 run that put Baylor in front 27-12 with 7:47 remaining in the first half.

Jalyn Johnson opened the second half with a 3-pointer to get McNeese within 12, but Sims hit two free throws and made a crosscourt pass to Imani Wright for an opener 3-pointer. Alexis Prince added a putback layup for a 51-32 lead.

Sims put the Lady Bears up 61-39 with 11:58 remaining on a steal and layup in the backcourt right after a bucket from Sune Agbuke and went to the bench for good less than a minute later.

Sims had more points than minutes (25), which isn't unusual because she's averaging more points than minutes for the season. Sims has played at least 30 minutes just four times because the Lady Bears have won by at least 25 points in nine of their 11 games.

Agbuke, Baylor's leader in rebounding and blocks, had eight rebounds and four blocks while freshman Nina Davis led Baylor with 10 boards.

Prince, who had offseason foot surgery and made her debut against Kentucky only after the Lady Bears ran out of players because of fouls, scored the first four Baylor points and finished with eight.

Cecilia Okoye had 14 points and six rebounds for McNeese, and Hailey Jenkins scored 11.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Baylor leads the all-time series with McNeese State 7-6 after Saturday night's win and the Lady Bears are 3-0 vs. the Cowgirls under head coach Kim Mulkey.
• Baylor has won a nation's-best and school-record 67 straight home games, as its last loss at home came March 7, 2010, vs. Texas (70-54).
Odyssey Sims was honored in a pre-game ceremony with a commemorative basketball for becoming Baylor's all-time leader in assists this season. Following Saturday's game with McNeese, Sims has 524 career assists, which passed the previous mark of 494 set by AngelaTidsdale (2004-08).
• Every Baylor player scored in the contest marking the second time this season that every player that played for BU scored at least one point (San Jose State, Dec. 3, 2013).
• The Lady Bears' bench outscored McNeese's reserves, 32-13.
• Baylor held an opponent under the 30-percent mark from the field for the fourth time this season. The Cowgirls shot .296 on 19 of 64 shooting (Grambling, .299, 11/9/13); Rice, .278, 11/18/13; Savannah State, .214, 11/21/13.)
• Sims' 27 points gave her 12 straight games with at least 20 points dating back to last year's NCAA Tournament game with Louisville; it marks the 29th time in her career she's passed the 20-point mark in a game.
• Sims extended her streak of double-digit scoring to 21 games. Sims was last held to single-digits vs. UCONN, Feb. 18 when she had 9.
• Sims now has 84 career games in double figures and has led the team in points 23 times in her career.
• Sims has now scored double figures in the first half of all 11 games this season (13 vs. Grambling State; 14 vs. Nicholls State; 24 vs. Rice (career high); 11 vs. Savannah State; 20 vs. Northwestern State; 24 vs. UTSA; 17 vs. SJSU; 13 vs. Kentucky; 16 vs. Houston Baptist; 16 vs. Ole Miss; 20 vs. McNeese State).
• Sims' 20 1st-half points marks the 6th time this season that she has had at least 20 in a half (24 in 1st vs. Rice 11/18, 20 in 1st vs. NW St. 11/22, 24 in 1st vs. UTSA 11/23, 28 in 2nd vs. Kentucky 12/6, 23 in 2nd vs. Ole Miss 12/18, 20 in 1st vs. McNeese St. 12/28.).
• With 27 points, Sims (1,810 points) moved to No. 6 on the all-time Baylor scoring list passing Danielle Crockrom's (1998-2002) mark of 1,803, and she trails fifth place by 145 points (Steffanie Blackmon, 1,955, 2001-05).
• With 5 three-pointers, Sims (190) is now 6 threes shy of Jennifer King's (1989-93) BU career record of 195.
• Sims' five 3-pointers tied a season-high (UTSA, 5-8, 11/23/13).
Nina Davis did not reach double figures in scoring (6) for the first time this season, but her 10 rebounds marked the fourth time in her freshman campaign that she's had at least 10 boards.
• Sune Abuke tied a career high with three assists.
Alexis Prince had a career-high three assists in the win passing her previous high of two last season.
Ieshia Small posted a season-high seven rebounds passing her previous high of five vs. San Jose State (12/3/13).

STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor dominated the inside outrebounding the Cowgirls 58-35 and winning the points in the paint battle, 40-14.

TOP QUOTE
"There is no good way to guard her. Do you go over screens? Do you go under screens? Do you trap them? She can beat all three of those things. She is just extremely tough to guard and plays very hard. She is very rare." - McNeese State head coach Brooks Donald Williams on Baylor guard Odyssey Sims

WHAT'S NEXT
Baylor (10-1) opens Big 12 play Jan. 2 at Kansas State at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Kansas City.


 

 

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