UT women let Sims control No. 9 Baylor's 87-73 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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WACO, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Karen Aston paid a little less attention to Odyssey Sims than the previous few Baylor opponents.

She's not sure she'll do that again when the Longhorns play the No. 9 Lady Bears in Austin in a couple of weeks.

Sims scored 44 points, freshman Nina Davis had a double-double and Baylor beat Texas 87-73 Saturday night.

"I think the last couple of teams have picked their poison with manning her and leaving other people open," Aston said. "We chose not to do that today and that wasn't a good decision either. I'm not sure there is a decision with Odyssey."

The nation's second-leading scorer was just 12 of 34 from the field but made up for it by making 18 of 20 free throws, getting seven rebounds and seven assists and guiding Baylor to a school record-low two turnovers.

"You win a lot of ballgames when you only turn it over twice," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "And particularly when we do a lot of things with Odyssey and the guards handling the ball as much as they do."

Baylor (18-3, 8-1 Big 12), which has had the nation's longest home and conference winning streaks snapped this season, extended its league home winning streak to 32 games. The last loss was to the Longhorns on March 7, 2010.

Nneka Enemkpali had 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead Texas (14-7, 5-4). Four of the Longhorns' losses have been to ranked teams.

Sims shot close to the 33 percent she was averaging in the previous five games, but hit some big shots when the Lady Bears needed them. She had the go-ahead jumper that started an 8-0 run to open the second half as she scored the most points at home in her career.

"I've just got to finish," Sims said. "I'm getting good looks around the rim. Just not being able to put the ball in the basket."

The Longhorns had to deal with foul trouble most of the game, finishing with 37 fouls as Baylor made 37 of 44 free throws. Three Texas players fouled out, and three others finished with four.



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