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December 6, 2012

Griner leads No. 3 Baylor against No. 5 Notre Dame

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. —

“I think we maybe learned that we’re better than we think we are. That should have given us a little more confidence,”

Odyssey Sims returned after missing four games with a hamstring injury and added 16 points for Baylor. Coach Kim Mulkey said she thought Sims’ play proved she’s the best point guard in the country.

“She’s played Skylar four times and won every ball game. She’s won a national championship,” Mulkey said. “Odyssey didn’t have one of her best games, either, but she never stopped being tough on the floor and she never stopped guarding people.”

McGraw said Sims makes Baylor tougher to play.

“When she’s not in the game you don’t really have to guard them very much from the perimeter. So just having her on the court stretches the defense to her side a little bit more,” she said.

Brooklyn Pope added 14 points for Baylor and Jordan Madden had 12.

Diggins was frustrated by her bad shooting.

“I don’t think I hesitated on my shot. It just wasn’t going in,” she said.

Freshman Jewell Loyd led Notre Dame with a season-high 24 points, Kayla McBride had 16 and Natalie Achonwa 11. No one else scored for the Irish. Mulkey said she was impressed by Loyd.

“She’s a tremendous jump shooter. Not many can take it off the dribble and shoot a jump shot. She’s a special talent,” she said.

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