Sims, No. 6 Baylor cruise past TCU 69-46
By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Odyssey Sims matched her season low with 17 points, and No. 6 Baylor overcame a sluggish showing in a rare morning start for its 10th straight win, beating TCU 69-46 Saturday.
The Lady Bears (24-3, 14-1 Big 12) stayed in sole possession of first place with three games left as they pursue a fourth straight conference regular-season title.
Sims awoke from a stretch that included two of her shots getting blocked early in the second half by grabbing a loose ball after one of her misses and circling under the basket for a bucket.
The nation's leading scorer, who was 7 of 22 from the field, then hit a 3-pointer to restore a 15-point lead.
The Horned Frogs (15-12, 6-9) went scoreless for nearly 9 minutes in the first half and shot 25 percent for the game.
Zahna Medley led TCU with 13 points, but was 3 of 14 from the field and had six turnovers.
Baylor equaled its low for points in a victory, which came in the only game during the streak that the Lady Bears didn't win by double digits, 69-66 in overtime at Oklahoma State. That was Sims' other 17-point game.
Freshman Nina Davis had 17 for Baylor, while freshman Khadijiah Cave and sophomore Kristina Higgins scored 10 apiece.
The Lady Bears' win streak started after a rare two-game skid that temporarily dropped them out of the top 10.
The first loss, to No. 1 Connecticut, ended a 69-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation. The second, at Kansas, snapped a 44-game regular-season winning streak in the Big 12.
The Lady Bears have won nine of the 10 games by double digits, the exception being a three-point win in overtime at Oklahoma State.
Baylor pushed its lead from 11-9 to 24-9 during TCU's long scoreless drought. After the Horned Frogs got within nine in the second half, Cave and Sims had consecutive baskets to put the Lady Bears back up by double digits for good.
Sims also had seven rebounds and seven assists, including a nifty pass to Cave for an easy layup and a 58-39 lead with 4:28 remaining.
TCU's second-leading scorer, Natalie Ventress, had nine points on 3-of-15 shooting.Associated Press