|(2) Baylor vs. (1) Notre Dame
March 31, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Notre Dame, Ind. | Joyce Center (8,874)
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2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Notre Dame Regional
Sweet 16 - March 29 (Saturday)
Joyce Center - Notre Dame, Ind.
No. 2 Baylor def. No. 3 Kentucky - 90-72
No. 1 Notre Dame def. No. 5 Oklahoma State - 89-72
Elite Eight - March 31 (Monday)
No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 1 Notre Dame - ESPN/WatchESPN - 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Baylor in the NCAA Tournament...
Baylor is competing in its 11th straight and 13th all-time NCAA Tournament, as all appearances have come since head coach Kim Mulkey assumed the program's helm. BU is 33-10 (.767) in NCAA Tournament play, including 12-1 in first round games, 9-3 in second round games, 5-4 in the Sweet 16, 3-1 in the Elite Eight, 2-1 in the national semifinals and 2-0 in championship games. BU has won three of its four regional final contests.
No. 5/6 Baylor Plays No. 2/2 Notre Dame in NCAA Championship Regional Finals...
The fifth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears are competing in the NCAA Championship for the third time in program history as one of the tournament's four No. 2 seeds.
The Lady Bears will take on the top-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish in regional final action and if victorious will advance to the tournament's Final Four for the fourth time in program history.
Baylor advanced to its fifth regional final with a 90-72 win over No. 10 Kentucky while Notre Dame posted a homecourt victory over No. 23 Oklahoma State (89-72).
The top-seeded and second-ranked Fighting Irish, undefeated on the season at 35-0, have won 26 straight home games since a Dec. 5, 2012, loss to Baylor, 73-61. Monday's contest marks the first time the two teams have met since then and the fifth time overall. Baylor owns a 4-0 series lead and Monday's contest marks the second time the teams have met in NCAA Championship action. The Lady Bears defeated Notre Dame on April 3, 2012, in NCAA Tournament semifinal action at Denver. Baylor went on the win the national title and post a 40-0 record.
- Baylor's 18-point victory over Kentucky (90-72) was BU's largest in a Sweet 16 victory.
- BU is 17-1 since losing back-to-back games to No. 1 UConn and at Kansas.
- National Player of the Year Candidate Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, is averaging 28.4 ppg, which ranks No. 2 nationally, as well as 4.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She is shooting .446 from the floor, .399 from 3-point range and .804 from the free throw line.
- Sims, with 1,021 points in 2013-14, became just the second NCAA Division I women's player to score over 1,000 points in a season. Jackie Stiles (Missouri State) set the record in the 2000-01 season with 1,062 points.
- Sims, with 635 career assists and 255 treys, ranks No. 1 in both categories on Baylor's all-time list.
- Sims' 95 made treys this season shattered Emily Niemann's BU single-season record of 75 (2003-04).
- Sims has scored a Big 12 record 1,021 points as a senior which ranks No. 3 on BU's single-season list. Suzie Snider Eppers, who played her entire career under AIAW guidelines, holds the top two spots (1,082 & 1,044).
- Sims' season average (28.4 ppg) is well ahead of both the BU (24.6 ppg, Suzie Snider Eppers, 1976-77) and Big 12 (26.7 ppg, OSU's Andrea Riley, 2010) season marks. The NCAA Division I women's single-season record is 1,062 points by Missouri State's Jackie Stiles in 2000-01 while the Big 12 mark of 929 was held by Baylor's Brittney Griner over 40 games in 2011-12.
- National Freshman of the Year candidate Nina Davis, a 5-11 freshman forward/post, is averaging 15.2 points per game and ranks No. 3 nationally and leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal shooting at 60.7 (207-341) percent. She is leading the league in rebounding at 8.9 per contest, including 3.9 offensive boards per game. Against ranked opponents this season, Davis is averaging 15.7 ppg and 11.2 rpg while shooting 55.0 percent from the field.
- Niya Johnson, a 5-7 guard, ranks No. 1 nationally in assist/turnover ratio at 4.17 per contest, dishing out 242 assists with only 58 turnovers, and is No. 9 nationally in assists per game (6.7). Johnson has six double-digit assist games to her credit this season (14 vs. San Jose State, 11 vs. #5 Kentucky, 12 vs. #12 Oklahoma State, 10 vs. Iowa State and 11 vs. #24 Cal and 11 vs. #10 Kentucky).
- Johnson became the program's single-season assist leader, with 242 breaking Sheila Lambert's (2001-02) record of 216. In addition, Johnson has averaged 7.9 apg over the past 11 games and has recorded back-to-back double digit efforts (11 vs. both Cal and Kentucky).
- Sune Agbuke, a 6-5 junior, has 104 career blocks to rank No. 10 on BU's career chart. With 70 blocks this season, Agbuke ranks No. 9 on Baylor's single-season block list.
- Freshman post Khadijiah Cave has come on strong of late. She has posted back-to-back double digit scoring efforts with 10 vs. #24 Cal and a career-high 18 vs. #10 Kentucky. In the last six games she had produced three double-digit scoring efforts (8.8 ppg) and has averaged 6.3 rebounds.
- Vs. #10 Kentucky, Cave narrowly missed a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds.
- In her 14 seasons at the program's helm, Kim Mulkey has posted an impressive 404-85 (.826) record which ranks her No. 2 nationally in winning percentage among active coaches behind UConn's Geno Auriemma (.864).
- In 476 of 489 games under Kim Mulkey, the Lady Bears have held their opponent at or below 50 percent field goal shooting with only five of those efforts coming in the last 12 years.
Over Three 2014 NCAA Tournament Games...
- Odyssey Sims - 27.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and shooting 88.2 percent (15-17) from the free throw line.
- Nina Davis - 21.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and shooting 62.9 percent (22-35) from the floor.
- Khadijiah Cave - 11.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and shooting 70.0 percent (14-20) from the floor.
- Niya Johnson - 7.3 points and 10.3 assists a game.
Vs. Nine Ranked Opponents in 2013-14...
- Odyssey Sims - 27.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists.
- Nina Davis - 15.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and shooting 55.0 percent (55 -100) from the floor.
- Makenzie Robertson - 10.7 points and 4.9 rebounds a contest.
- Niya Johnson -8.1 assists, 7.2 points per game.
- The Lady Bears lead the series 4-0, including dealing Notre Dame its last homecourt loss, 73-61, on Dec. 5, 2012.
- Kim Mulkey is 4-0 vs. the Fighting Irish.