Odyssey Sims scored 28 points, and No. 7 Baylor led throughout its 80-46 victory over TCU on Saturday night that extended the Lady Bears’ national-best home-court winning streak to 69 games.
After being recognized during pregame for breaking the school’s career record for 3-pointers in the previous game, national scoring leader Sims made six more shots from long range. She had two from beyond the arc when the Lady Bears (14-1, 4-0 Big 12) scored the game’s first 14 points in just over 3 minutes.
Sims has never lost at home, but a big test comes Monday night when Baylor hosts top-ranked Connecticut (17-0).
TCU coach Jeff Mittie called his second timeout after Sims’ second 3-pointer, when the Horned Frogs (11-5, 2-2) had taken only two shots. They finally scored when Natalie Ventress made a short jumper 3 1/2 minutes into the game.
Along with its home-court winning streak, Baylor has won a record 44 consecutive Big 12 regular-season games. That streak is 53 when counting the Lady Bears winning the conference tournament the last three years.
The jumper by Ventress started an 18-8 run over a 7-minute span for the Frogs, getting them within 22-18 when Zahna Medley penetrated for a short jumper. They never got closer, with Sims hitting a 3-pointer to start a quick spurt of eight straight points by Baylor.
Donielle Breaux made a buzzer-beating 3 for the Frogs to end the first half, but they still trailed 45-27.
Sune Agbuke had 15 points for Baylor while freshman Nina Davis had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Imani Wright also had 11 points.
With a quick turnaround to the UConn game, Sims played only 30 minutes. She was 11-of-16 shooting, including 6 of 10 on 3-pointers for the second game in a row.
Medley had 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting and was the only player to score in double figures for TCU.