Sims has 48 points, Baylor women top W. Virginia

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2014 at 9:07 pm •  Published: January 8, 2014
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Odyssey Sims isn't paying much attention to personal accomplishments.

Sims scored a career-high 48 points and set a Baylor mark for career 3-pointers in the seventh-ranked Bears' 78-62 victory over West Virginia on Wednesday night.

"It means a lot, but I didn't come to Baylor to break records," Sims said. "It's just another thing to go down in history. But I'm just going to focus on keep playing and help my team win."

Sims made six 3-pointers and has 201 for her career. Jennifer King held the previous school record of 195 from 1989-93.

Sims, a preseason AP All-American and the nation's leading scorer at 30.8 points per game, is averaging 39 over the first three Big 12 games. She eclipsed the 47 points she scored in a four-overtime loss to Kentucky on Dec. 6.

Sims went 14 of 29 from the floor and 14 of 17 from the free-throw line and played all 40 minutes. She also had a career-high 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

"She never ceases to amaze me," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "You just can't guard her. You foul her or she can shoot the perimeter shot. She can take you off the dribble. I've challenged her to be a better rebounder because we're smaller on the perimeter this year that we thought we would be."

Baylor (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) never trailed but had trouble putting away the Mountaineers until late after jumping ahead 40-25 at halftime. The Lady Bears are outscoring opponents by an average of 33 per game and this was their second-closest winning margin of the season.

Asya Bussie scored 17 points, Bria Holmes added 15 and Taylor Palmer had 12 for West Virginia (13-2, 2-1), which saw its 13-game winning streak snapped.

Guard Christal Caldwell, West Virginia's second-leading scorer at 12.6 per game, was held scoreless, as was forward Linda Stepney.

"They were getting physical and we weren't," West Virginia coach Mike Carey said. "Some of us were just standing around watching the game being played."



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