Sims 25 points, No. 9 Baylor women over Tech 92-43

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm •  Published: January 29, 2014
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WACO, Texas (AP) — After scoring the game's first 19 points, No. 9 Baylor was already on the way to a lopsided victory over Texas Tech.

The Big 12-leading and youthful Lady Bears had another big run to start the second half.

Odyssey Sims scored 25 points in team-high 26 minutes of play to lead five double-figure scorers, three of them freshman, and the Lady Bears cruised to a 92-43 victory Wednesday night.

"If you could have that every night, you'd be hard to beat. It's sharing the basketball," coach Kim Mulkey said. "I think our freshmen are playing with as much confidence as they have had all year, and it's good to see. They are taking shots, they're not turning the ball over. They're helping us on the defensive end, and they're doing it at the right time."

Nina Davis, already one of the league's top freshmen, had 13 points, while Khadijiah Cave had 11 and Ieshia Small 10. Makenzie Robertson, the other senior starter with Sims, had 11 with three 3-pointers for Baylor (17-3, 7-1 Big 12). Sune Agbuke had 10 rebounds.

"We've got a good freshman group, and I think our bench play did an outstanding job ... they produced when they went in," Sims said. "It's just fun to watch."

The Lady Bears have won their last three games, rebounding nicely from the team's first back-to-back losses in four years — since Brittney Griner's freshman season.

Texas Tech (6-14, 0-9) missed its first 12 shots before Marina Lizarazu, one of four freshmen who played, made an impressive drive for a layup more than 9 minutes into the game.

"I thought we played very timid, scared at the start," first-year Tech coach Candi Whitaker said. "I thought Marina came in and gave us a spark. She doesn't know Baylor, and you could tell. She just came in and made plays, got to the rim, found shooters."

The Lady Raiders lost their 10th game in a row while playing their fourth consecutive game against a Top 25 opponent. They were coming off an 85-76 overtime loss at home four days earlier against then-No. 20 Iowa State, but it's been more than a decade since Whitaker was a starting point guard for NCAA Sweet Sixteen teams at Tech.

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