March 21, 2014
Odyssey Sims has been selected as one of four finalists for the 2014 Naismith Trophy the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Friday. The award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate basketball player. The fan voting component of the award's selection process will begin next week.
Sims is joined by Notre Dame's Kayla McBride, Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike and Connecticut's Breanna Stewart.
The finalists were chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's National Voting Academy, which determined that the player performances throughout the 2013-14 regular season stood out among a host of great women's basketball players. The 2014 Naismith Women's College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded to one of these four finalists on April 7, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.
For the 10th consecutive year, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the player of their choice and help determine the 2014 Naismith Trophy winner. Beginning March 24 and running through April 5 fans can cast their vote through the online and mobile optimized site www.NaismithVote.com. The fan vote represents 25 percent of the selection process - the largest fan impact of any collegiate basketball award.
Sims, a 5-8 senior from Irving, Texas, has earned several accolades this season including the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, Big 12 Player of the Year, Big 12 Defensive Players of the Year, All-Big 12 first-team, Big 12 All-Defensive team and was recently named to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team. In addition, the six-time Big 12 Player of the Week was twice named ESPNW's National Player of the Week and was recognized as the USBWA's National Player of the Week. Sims became the first player to be honored twice by ESPNW. In addition, Sims is a finalist for all of the major national awards.
The three-time consensus All-American is averaging 28.4 points per game, which ranks No. 2 nationally, as well as 4.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She is shooting .445 from the floor, .405 from 3-point range and .799 from the free throw line.
Sims, with 619 career assists and 249 treys, ranks No. 1 in both categories on Baylor's all-time list. Her 89 made treys this season set a new BU single-season record. In addition, Sims has scored a Big 12 record 938 points as a senior.