Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

February 2, 2014

BIG 12 WBB: Sims scores 44, No. 9 Baylor rolls past Texas

WACO, Texas — Odyssey Sims has struggled with her shooting recently. The senior guard found several other ways to lead No. 9 Baylor to another win.

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

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.

Nekia Jones scored 11 points for Texas, and Brady Sanders, Celina Rodrigo and Kelsey Lang had 10 apiece.

"We just couldn't find any kind of rhythm defensively," Texas coach Karen Aston said. "Some of it was the officiating. I'm not blaming it on officiating. I'm blaming it on our team not making good enough adjustments to the way the game was being called."

The Lady Bears were up five when Sims ended up with a loose ball after a scramble on the defensive end, and she went the length of the court for a layup, screaming to the crowd after giving Baylor a 71-64 lead with 4:23 remaining.

Davis had 15 points and 17 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season, and fellow freshman Khadijiah Cave had nine of her 11 points in the second half as the Lady Bears won their fourth straight since a rare two-game skid that temporarily knocked them out of the top 10.

Baylor's young players inside also keyed a defensive effort that held 6-7 Texas center Imani McGee-Stafford to two points and a season-low two rebounds.

"I thought the freshman posts for us just battled," Mulkey said. "It's amazing what defense and effort will do for you when maybe the other team's a little more talented."

Sims had a pair of three-point plays on driving layups in the second half, including one that gave Baylor its first double-digit lead at 76-66 with 2:33 remaining.

"She's a great player," said Rodrigo, who spent most of her night chasing Sims around the court since the Longhorns generally didn't send extra players toward the Baylor star. "I think we struggled with our defense late in the game. Our help wasn't there."

Baylor missed 12 straight shots early in the first half and fell behind 20-11 on a 13-0 run by Texas.

Enemkpali had consecutive layups that put Texas in front 13-11, and Krystle Henderson capped the run with a 3-pointer.

The Lady Bears answered with a 15-3 run highlighted by a 3-pointer from Sims that ended a 7-minute stretch without a field goal. Sims put Baylor back in front 24-23 with a layup.

The Longhorns went ahead 36-35 at halftime on Jones' 3-pointer just before the first-half buzzer.

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0237web.jpg Hrdlicka, Teter pour ‘heart’ into Zebra soccer program

    For the past four years, Claremore High School seniors Katelin Teter and Nick Hrdlicka have represented the ‘heart and soul’ of the Lady Zebra and Zebra soccer programs.
    The soccer duo will join seven other seniors on Friday night for Homecoming against Collinsville at Lantow Field.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • DSC_0114web.jpg SOCCER: JV Lady Zebras edge Verdigris, 2-1

    Claremore sophomore forward Brylee Brasher may have felt a little out of position Monday night during the junior varsity game against Verdigris.
    Normally, starting in the goal for the Lady Zebras varsity team, Brasher came out of her comfort zone to start at forward for the Claremore JV.
    The position switch proved to be a great decision for head coach Robin Sutherland, as Brasher showed a tenacity on offense that led to Claremore’s 2-1 win over Verdigris.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Claremore’s Stone leads NSU tennis to MIAA title

    Amanda Stone was a player the last time Northeastern State won a conference title in tennis. This time, she’s the coach.
    Thanks to a 9-0 rout of Lindenwood on Saturday, No. 31 Northeastern State claimed no worse than a share of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championship.

    April 16, 2014

  • Vian's Rowdy Simon seeks playing time in Tulsa backfield

    The Tulsa football team practiced for two hours on Saturday and finished the workout with a 102-play scrimmage.

    Whereas last Saturday's scrimmage was dominated by the Tulsa defense, today's scrimmage session was a more balanced. The Tulsa offense scored on 10 of 21 possessions, including six touchdowns and four field goals, and the Tulsa defense had two takeaways.

    April 16, 2014

  • FOOTBALL: Tulsa-Tulane season opener moved to Aug. 28

    The American Athletic Conference announced today that the Tulsa-Tulane football game, scheduled for the first weekend of the 2014 season, will be played on Aug. 28 at The University of Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium.

    April 16, 2014

  • BASEBALL: Arkansas cruises past SFA, 7-2

    The Arkansas baseball team (23-15) jumped out to an early lead Tuesday evening and never looked back, picking up a 7-2 win over Stephen F. Austin (15-21) at Baum Stadium.

    April 16, 2014

  • Hornbeak leaving OU men's basketball program

    In a surprising decision, sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak informed Oklahoma’s coaching staff on Tuesday he will transfer at the end of the spring semester.

    April 16, 2014

  • Rave reviews following OU's spring game

    Oklahoma didn’t play a game as much as it put on a show Saturday at Owen Field. At least, that was the intent.

    April 16, 2014

  • BASEBALL: Sooners outlast Cowboys in 18-inning marathon

    The longest game at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium lasted 18 innings between the Bedlam rivals. The Oklahoma Sooners converted three runs in the top of the 18th to come away with a 12-9 victory.

    April 16, 2014

  • Locust Grove cleans house, ousts four coaches

    Locust Grove High School has relieved head wrestling coach Johnny Cook and head boys basketball coach Ronnie Maple of their coaching duties, school sources said Tuesday.

    April 16, 2014

AP Video