Lady Bears Topple San Jose State 113-73
WACO (AP) – Makenzie Robertson and the rest of the Baylor players know if they get open, Odyssey Sims will get them the ball.
While setting up teammates to score, Sims also gets plenty of points herself.
Sims scored 29 points and had 13 assists to become the Baylor career leader in that category as the ninth-ranked Lady Bears beat San Jose State 113-73 on Tuesday night to stretch their nation’s-best home winning streak to 64 games.
“Odyssey’s great,” Robertson said. “If you get open, she’ll get you the ball. Even if you don’t think you’re open, she’ll get you the ball.”
It was the first game in 10 days for the Lady Bears (7-0), who next have their biggest test before Big 12 play when they play No. 5 Kentucky on Friday night in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium.
Short-handed San Jose State (4-4), with only eight players in uniform, ran out to a 23-18 lead on Rebecca Woodberry’s third 3-pointer with 13:40 left in the first half.
The Lady Bears then scored 14 straight points in less than 3 minutes. They led 32-23 after consecutive 3-pointers by Robertson, both on passes from Sims. The Spartans missed their only two shots and had three turnovers in that shorter span, which was part of a 31-7 run by Baylor.
Sims, who entered the game as the Big 12 scoring leader and No. 3 nationally with 27.3 points per game, also had five steals and five rebounds with one turnover in 27 minutes. She has 505 career assists.
“Odyssey Sims can do it all. She’s a point guard who can score if you need her to, she can pass if you need her to, she can defend if you need her to,” coach Kim Mulkey said. “She can play the 2 or the 1. Not many players can do that, and she can play for long periods of time. … She got that monkey off of her back and now she can just go out there and have a good senior year and lead our basketball team.”
Needing only two assists to overtake Angela Tisdale’s school record of 493, Sims had that in less than 3 minutes. She had 10 assists by halftime, and had 17 points as the Lady Bears led 63-38.
“After they announced it, I was aware of it,” Sims insisted about the record. “It’s really not that important, not to me. Like Coach said, I came here to win championships and have a good senior year.”
Spartans coach Jamie Craighead said it was “fun to watch” Sims play.
“Does anyone really defend her? She’s got to be the best point guard in the country, and probably the best player in the country,” Craighead said.
Freshman forward Nina Davis had 15 points in 17 minutes for Baylor while Robertson scored 13 points, Khadijiah Cave had 12 and Chardonae Fuqua 10 for Baylor. Niya Johnson had 14 assists and eight rebounds.
Woodberry finished with 19 points, while Classye James had 17 and Ta’Rea Cunnigan 16.
The Lady Bears have rolled past their first seven opponents by an average margin of 44.7 points, the best in the country, and scored at least 110 points three times. The most points they ever scored the previous four seasons with 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner, the two-time AP player of the year, was 109 — and that was in their only 100-point game during their 40-0 national championship two seasons ago with Sims was a sophomore.
The Lady Bears played for the first time since Nov. 23, when they won their third game in three days to win the Athletes in Action Classic on campus. Their other remaining non-conference games before the Big 12 opener Jan. 2 at Kansas State are against Houston Baptist, Mississippi and McNeese State — all at home.
Woodberry scored on a layup off the opening tip and then made three 3-pointers, the last from well beyond the line on the right wing.
“Really for me, it was about playing a team that we know can defend and score,” Craighead said. “Ii thought if we could maybe come out of the game scoring 70 to 80 points, we could take something away from this game.”
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