No. 9 Baylor women beat Savannah State 99-31



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WACO, Texas (AP) - Odyssey Sims scored 22 points and No. 9 Baylor extended the nation's-best home winning streak to 61 games with a 99-31 victory over Savannah State on Thursday night.

Sims, the preseason AP All-American point guard, has scored at least 22 points in every game this season for the Lady Bears (4-0).

Baylor had a 6-minute span without a field goal in the first half, but still led by 14 when freshman Nina Davis had a putback basket of her own miss with 6 minutes left in the first half. That ended the Lady Bears' streak of eight consecutive missed shots.

Davis had 17 points while two Lady Bears had double-doubles: Kristina Higgins (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Sune Agbuke (10 points, 10 rebounds)

Savannah State (2-1) had three baskets in a minute, with a steal and breakaway layup by Kenyata Hendrick coming between a pair of layups by Jasmine Kirkland. The Lady Tigers then called a timeout with 9:27 left in the half, and never got closer.

Those were the only points the Lady Tigers scored during the shooting drought by Baylor, and they trailed 27-13 when Davis ended it.

It was the first of three games in three days for both teams in the round-robin Athletes In Action Classic at the Ferrell Center.

Baylor plays Friday against Northwestern State, which lost 62-49 to Texas-San Antonio in the first game Thursday. The Lady Tigers play UTSA.

Three nights after outscoring Rice by herself most of the game, Sims had 17 points by the first media timeout just more than 4 minutes into the second half _ when the Lady Bears led 56-19.

Sims had 33 points in the 79-46 victory over Rice, which got its 34th point until 6:22 was left in the game _ only seconds before the senior point guard came out for good.

Sims has never lost a home game with the Lady Bears. Neither has Makenzie Robertson, the only other fourth-year senior on the roster.

The Lady Bears had a 44-17 halftime lead when Higgins followed up her own missed shot at the buzzer. Sims drove and missed in traffic, but Higgins grabbed the rebound, missing a shot of her own before getting the ball back and go right back up for another try.

Baylor opened the second half with a 12-2 run before that first timeout. Higgins had two free throws to start it, along with a layup, while Sims had six points and capped it with consecutive baskets.

The Lady Bears started the game with a 10-1 lead after four different players scored, starting with Mariah Chandler's layup only 4 seconds into the game off the opening tip. Sims made a jumper, Higgins converted had a three-point play and Roberts made three free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer.

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