Sims, the preseason AP All-American point guard and only returning starter for the ninth-ranked Lady Bears after Brittney Griner’s departure, scored 33 points and outscored Rice much of the game on her own in a 79-46 victory.
Odyssey Sims and all those talented Baylor freshmen are off to a high-scoring start without Brittney Griner.
Brittney Griner is an All-America for the third straight season and joins a select group.
Skylar Diggins. Odyssey Sims. Tiffany Hayes. Alyssa Thomas. All left-handed, and all instrumental in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Sims usually works the ball up the court and makes a pass. But if opposing teams are intent on surrounding Griner with multiple defenders, the feisty point guard can just as easily make a jumper or drive to the basket herself.
Top-ranked Baylor proved Saturday it has more than just Brittney Griner.
The Lady Bears (32-0) move into Friday’s semifinal against Kansas State. Against the Lady Raiders (19-13), they built a 24-point halftime lead and kept up the pressure in the second half.
Griner is having another All-America season. But the 6-foot-8 junior isn’t the only reason the Lady Bears (30-0) can wrap up their first undefeated regular season Saturday against Iowa State.
Missouri came into Wednesday night’s game against Baylor with a 10-1 record without having faced a team quite like the top-ranked Lady Bears.