Sims, Baylor top McNeese 82-57, set for Big 12

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm •  Published: December 28, 2013

WACO, Texas (AP) — Odyssey Sims had more than a point a minute, right in line with the season averages for the nation's leading scorer, and was the only Baylor scorer in double figures.

Get used to it, coach Kim Mulkey says.

Sims scored 27 points, and the No. 9 Lady Bears extended their nation-leading home winning streak to 67 games with an 82-57 victory against McNeese State on Saturday night in the last game before the start of conference play for both teams.

"That's probably a lot of what you're going to see," Mulkey said. "You're going to see Odyssey in double figures and then you're going to see it spread a little bit."

Sims, the top scorer in the country at 30.1 points per game, led a 14-2 first-half run to take control heading into a visit to Kansas State for the Big 12 opener on Thursday.

Allison Baggett scored 22 points for McNeese State (7-4), which had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Cowgirls play host to Southeastern Louisiana in their Southland Conference opener Thursday.

Baylor (10-1) won by at least 25 points for the ninth time in 11 games, which meant Sims sat for a long stretch of the second half. That's part of the reason she has more points (331) than minutes (318) this season.

Mulkey unflinchingly agreed that it will probably take somewhere around 30 points a game from Sims if the Lady Bears want to extend their streak of three straight Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles.

That's fine with Sims.

"I'll do whatever I need to do to help my team win," she said. "If it's 15, if it's 20, if it's 10, as long as we win, that's all I can do."

Alexis Prince, who had offseason foot surgery and made her debut in a four-overtime loss to Kentucky only after the Lady Bears ran out of players because of fouls, scored Baylor's first four points. She finished with eight to lead six Lady Bears with at least six points apiece.

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