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January 27, 2014

Sims lifts Baylor past OSU

STILLWATER, Okla. — Baylor star Odyssey Sims was having a game to forget.

The nation’s leading scorer was getting swarmed by Oklahoma State’s aggressive defense and she couldn’t find the basket. She spent much of Sunday’s game in foul trouble and even was benched by coach Kim Mulkey late in regulation.

When it was time to make game-changing plays, Sims showed up. She converted a three-point play with 3.8 seconds remaining in overtime, then stole the ball from the Cowgirls to give No. 12 Baylor a 69-66 victory over No. 8 Oklahoma State.

“That’s what All-Americans do,” Mulkey said. “Odyssey Sims is an All-American and she doesn’t care how many shots she misses, how many she makes — all she cares about is winning. She’s the happiest kid in that locker room.”

Sims, who entered the game averaging 30.4 points, had a season-low 17 on 7-for-27 shooting, but she had eight rebounds and eight assists. Oklahoma State, led by guard Tiffany Bias, felt it did a solid job of defending her.

“My team had my back the whole night,” Bias said. “It was a team effort the whole night. We did a great job shutting her down. She was way below her average, and that’s all you can hope for.”

Makenzie Robertson scored 18 points and Nina Davis added 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Lady Bears (16-3, 6-1 Big 12), who moved past the Cowgirls to the top of the conference standings. It was Baylor’s second straight win since back-to-back losses to Connecticut and Kansas. Baylor had fallen out of the Top 10 this past week for the first time since the final poll of the 2009-10 season.

Bias scored 14 of her 17 points after halftime to help Oklahoma State rally from 16 points down in the second half. Roshunda Johnson scored 15 points, Kendra Suttles scored 12 and Brittney Martin added nine points and 11 rebounds for the Cowgirls (17-2, 6-2).

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