Sims and Baylor rout Kentucky 90-72

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm •  Published: March 29, 2014
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Now the Lady Bears (32-4) will face Notre Dame in the regional final on Monday night.

Sims got off to a slow start, missing her first six shots before heating up by making 8 of her final 10 to finish the half. A steal and layup, a sequence she's done many times in her stellar career, with 12:40 left in the first half got her to 1,000.

"I had no idea. I knew I would reach it. I wasn't keeping up with it and just playing basketball," Sims said. "Records and awards don't mean anything right now, us making a run in this tournament and trying to go far is what matters."

She followed up the milestone play with a long pass to Davis for an easy score on the next play, pumping her left arm after the freshman finished off the play. That was one of her seven assists on the day.

Kentucky hung around and only trailed 28-24 after Makayla Epps' layup with 6:26 left in the half. That would be the last basket for the Wildcats until DeNesha Stallworth hit a layup with 9 seconds left. In between Sims took over. She scored eight points during a 17-2 run that blew the game open. Baylor led 49-32 at the half.

Kentucky missed nine layups in the first half and never got closer than 12 points down in the second half.

"I thought we were doing a good job at some things, wish we could have made some of those layups and the complexion of game would have been different," Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said.

Jennifer O'Neill, who had 43 points in the earlier game, had a rough afternoon. She missed all 12 of her shots and finished with just eight points — all on free throws.

"Leading scorer goes 0 for 12, not a real good recipe for moving forward in this kind of environment in the tournament," Mitchell said. "It's hard to fathom how that kid can go 0 for 12. She didn't try to do that. I thought she took some bad shots at times, but some were really good. They just didn't go."

Stallworth scored 19 points to lead Kentucky (26-9).

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