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November 18, 2013

Bears thrash owls, 79-46

WACO, Texas — Odyssey Sims scored 33 points, outscoring Rice much of the game on her own as ninth-ranked Baylor won 79-46 on Monday night to extend its nation’s-best home winning streak to 60 games.

Sims, the preseason AP All-American point guard and only returning starter this season after Brittney Griner’s departure, has scored at least 23 points in all three games for the Lady Bears (3-0).

When Sims made a short basket with 9:18 left in the first half, the Lady Bears led 23-14 and Sims already had 15 points — one more than Rice at the time. That was also the end of a span when she scored 12 consecutive points for Baylor.

Rice (2-2) didn’t surpass Sims’ final point total until Jessica Kuster’s basket with 6:22 left made it 64-34. That was just a few seconds before Sims exited the game for good.

When Sims made a basket with 71⁄2 minutes left that made it 64-32, the Baylor pep band started chanting “Odyssey’s winning! Oydssey’s winning!”

Sims finished 12-of-23 shooting with three 3s. She had three assists, two steals and no turnovers in 29 minutes.

Kuster, one of only two seniors in America that averaged a double-double in her first three seasons, had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmine Goodwine added 10 points.

Imani Wright had 11 points for Baylor, and Nina Davis had 10. They are among five freshmen playing for the Lady Bears.

Sims added a 3-pointer from the left wing to give her 18 points before getting a short break with Baylor up 28-14 with 6:08 left in the first half.

Back in the game a minute later, she had a contact lens dislodged when hit on a foul. When she went to the side to get solution and put the lens back in her eye, the referees made Baylor substitute for her at the line. Makenzie Robertson made two free throws with 4:36 left.

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