MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Baylor coach Kim Mulkey knows teams will always be looking to beat her Lady Bears. Howeve, with Odyssey Sims' leading the offense, Mulkey us confident in her team entering conference play.
The senior guard did little to disappoint in the opener of her final Big 12 season.
Sims scored 40 points, Sune Agbuke had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 9 Baylor beat Kansas State 92-63 on Thursday night.
Sims shot 12 for 19 from the field and 12 for 16 on free throws as the Lady Bears (11-1, 1-0 Big 12) won their 50th straight league game.
"You want the ball in her hands," Mulkey said. "When people make a run, make sure the right people on your team are shooting the ball. That's what we did. We took good shots."
Sims, who came in averaging just over 30 points per game, scored 15 in the first half points on 5-for-7 shooting.
"I just kept attacking in my mind, coming off screens whether it was a hedge or a double," Sims said. "The ball is going to be in my hands almost every time and I just cannot stop being aggressive no matter what."
Ashia Woods scored a career-high 27 points to lead Kansas State (6-6, 0-1), and Leticia Romero added 20 points and five rebounds.
Two free throws from Woods cut the Bears' lead to 15-10 with 13:13 left in the first half and that was as close as the Wildcats got the rest of the way.
Sims anchored play outside the paint, paving the way to a career night for Agbuke.
The San Antonio, Texas, native posted a career high in points and fell just short of a career in rebounds.
"Sune was outstanding," Mulkey said. "She for two years had to battle every day in practice with Brittney Griner and that senior group of post players that we lost. It's her time to shine and she played the most minutes tonight that she has ever played. She was just solid."