April 22, 2014
WACO, Texas -
Over 900 women's basketball fans were on hand at the annual Lady Bear Appreciation Banquet, sponsored by the Tip Off Club, at the Ferrell Center on Tuesday evening.
Fans participated in Baylor's celebration as they shared dinner, enjoyed the awards ceremony and watched a video of the season at the conclusion of the banquet. In addition, Baylor's three seniors, Mariah Chandler, Makenzie Robertson and Odyssey Sims, were honored and team awards were presented.
Mulkey, her staff and the squad put the finishing touches on a 32-5 season in which the program reached the NCAA Championship Elite Eight for the fifth time in program history and claimed both the Big 12 Conference regular season and tournament crowns for the fourth straight year.
Judge Ken Starr, Baylor President, and Athletics Director Ian McCaw addressed the audience prior to head coach Kim Mulkey's remarks. Mulkey reviewed the season and talked about the program's seniors. A highlight video, produced by Sic'Em Sports Production's Ashley Farrell, completed the evening.
Baylor's senior class, the most successful in program history, posted a four-year record of 140-10 (.933), including a 67-3 (.957) mark in regular season Big 12 games. Robertson and Sims were 77-2 (.974) in games played in the Ferrell Center throughout their four-year career. This class claimed eight Big 12 championships, attended two Final Fours and won the 2012 NCAA championship with a 40-0 record. The 2013-14 squad set program season records for scoring average (83.6), 3-point field goals made (200) and rebounding average (47.3).
In addition, Odyssey Sims and sophomore Niya Johnson each set Baylor single-season records. Sims' 98 treys were a record as were her 28.5 points per game while Johnson dished out a season-high 244 assists. Also, Sims' 1,055 points and 28.2 points per game were new league marks while Johnson's assist/turnover ratio (4.0) established a new Big 12 record.
Sims, the team's most valuable player, finished her career as the program's all-time assist (641) and 3-point field goals made (258) leader.
Most Valuable Player -Odyssey Sims (third straight year)
Rebound Award - Nina Davis
Most Improved Player - Sune Agbuke
Defense Award - Odyssey Sims
Lady Bear Award - Niya Johnson
Melissa Jones Hustle & Courage Award - Makenzie Robertson (second time)
Coaches Award - Mariah Chandler
Academic Award - Makenzie Robertson