WACO, Texas -- Baylor senior guard Odyssey Sims is one of 10 women's basketball student-athletes selected as finalists for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 women's candidates announced in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through March 24. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four®.
Sims, a 5-8 guard, continues to lead the nation in scoring at 30.2 points per game. The Irving, Texas, native is averaging 4.4 rebounds a contest while dishing out 4.7 assists per game and shooting 46.0 percent from the floor, including .429 from beyond the arc. With 576 career assists, Sims is the program's all-time leader and also owns BU's career 3-point field goal record with 226 makes. In addition, with 2,173 career points, she is the fifth Lady Bear player to reach the 2,000-point milestone and stands fourth on BU's all-time list.
Sims is also one of 33-player selected to the 2014-16 USA Basketball Women's National Team pool, from which the 2014 USA World Championship Team and, if the U.S. qualifies, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, will be selected. She is one of just six current collegiate players named to the pool.
Fans are encouraged to vote online through March 24th.
Women's Basketball Finalists
Heather Butler, Tennessee-Martin
Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State
Jerica Coley, Florida International
Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
Natasha Howard, Florida State
Maggie Lucas, Penn State
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford
Haley Peters, Duke
Odyssey Sims, Baylor