Sims' 47 not enough as BU women fall to Kentucky

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Odyssey Sims easily topped her career high in No. 9 Baylor's wild loss to No. 5 Kentucky.

There's no telling what she would have ended up with if she hadn't missed the last three overtimes after fouling out. The Lady Bears somehow managed to hang around without their star guard.

Jennifer O'Neill scored a career-high 43 points, including the go-ahead basket in the fourth overtime, and the Wildcats beat Baylor 133-130 on Friday night in the highest-scoring Division I women's game in history.

"I had a lot of faith in my team," said Sims, who topped her previous high of 37 points against Oklahoma her freshman year. "We did all we could right to the end."

The Wildcats (9-0) won consecutive games against top 10 teams for the first time in front of a crowd heavy with Kentucky blue at the 80,000-seat home of the Dallas Cowboys and site of the men's Final Four this season.

The previous high for a Division I women's game was 252 points in SMU's 127-125 win over TCU, also in four overtimes, on Jan. 25, 1997.

The Bears (7-1) rallied from 12 down in the last 10 minutes of regulation and several chances to win even after Sims fouled out with the Lady Bears down by two with 1:23 left in the first overtime.

"Our kids never missed a beat," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "They never panicked. They just played."

It almost was the second five-overtime game in women's history. A series of missed free throws gave each team a chance to extend the game throughout the extra periods, including the last one.

O'Neill's layup with 1:42 left in the fourth OT finally put Kentucky ahead for good. She missed the second of two free throws with a two-point lead with 6 seconds left but teammate Bria Goss grabbed the rebound.

After Goss gave Baylor one more chance by missing the second of her two free throws, a desperation 3-pointer by Baylor's Alexis Prince, who was playing for the first time this season, rimmed out at the buzzer.

"I don't feel anything right now," said O'Neill, who set a school scoring record. "I thought it was more overtimes to be honest."

The end of the more than 3-hour game drew a standing ovation for both teams from a crowd that grew in size and noise while awaiting the men's game that followed between No. 3 Kentucky and No. 20 Baylor.



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