April 1, 2014
Senior guard Odyssey Sims is one of five players named to The Associated Press women's basketball All-America first team. The Irving, Texas, native was selected for the second straight season and is one of three unanimous selections.
Also listed on all 36 player ballots by the national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25 are Connecticut's Breanna Stewart and Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike. The trio was joined on the first team by Notre Dame's Kayla McBride and Maryland's Alyssa Thomas.
With the selection, Sims becomes Baylor's second multiple first-team AP All-American. She earned honorable mention honors as a rookie and was a second-team honoree as a sophomore. Brittney Griner earned first-team honors three times (2011, '12 and '13) after picking up second team recognition as a freshman (2010). Sims, Griner and Sophia Young (2006) are Baylor's lone first-team selections, Steffanie Blackmon was a third-team pick in 2005 while Danielle Crockrom (2002), Bernice Mosby (2007), Angela Tisdale (2008), Rachel Allison (2008) and Melissa Jones (2011) were honorable mentions.
Earning 2014 second-team honors were Connecticut's Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson, Jewell Lloyd of Notre Dame, Louisville's Shoni Schimmel and Jordan Hooper of Nebraska.
South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell was named to the third team and was joined by Maggie Lucas of Penn State, Duke's Tricia Liston and Elizabeth Williams and Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa.
Honorable mention honors were awarded to: Jillian Alleyne, Oregon; Rachel Banham, Minnesota; Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State; Brittany Boyd, California; Asya Bussie, West Virginia; Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State; Jerica Coley, Florida International; Diamond DeShields, North Carolina; Aaryn Ellenberg, Oklahoma; Markeisha Gatling, N.C. State; Chelsea Gray, Duke; Dearica Hamby, Wake Forest; Jennifer Hamson, BYU; Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee; Bria Holmes, West Virginia; Natasha Howard, Florida State; Brittany Hrynko, DePaul; Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut; Jamie Kaplan, Tulane; Jessica Kuster, Rice; Samantha Logic, Iowa; Valencia McFarland, Missisippi; Tyaunna Marshall, Georgia Tech; Damika Martinez, Iona; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut; Jennifer O'Neill, Kentucky; Haiden Palmer, Gonzaga; Ebony Rowe, Middle Tennessee; Jennifer Schlott, Utah State; Meighan Simmons, Tennessee; Rachel Theriot, Nebraska; Kayla Thornton, UTEP; Courtney Walker, Texas A&M; Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina.
Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, finished her senior season averaging 28.5 ppg, which ranks No. 2 nationally, as well as 4.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals. She shot .446 from the floor, .398 from 3-point range and .808 from the free throw line. Sims, with 1,054 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 2000-01 with 1,062 points.
Sims' 28.5 points per game set new single-season scoring records for the BU program and the Big 12 Conference. Suzie Snider Eppers held the Baylor record at 24.6 ppg which she set in 1976-77 and Oklahoma State's Andrea Riley owned the Big 12 record at 26.7 ppg (2009-10).