Sims scores 25 to lift No. 2 Baylor over SU 77-43
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Odyssey Sims scored a career-high 25 points and Brittney Griner added 15 to help No. 2 Baylor beat No. 23 Syracuse 77-43 Tuesday night.
Griner had eight blocks for the Bears a night after going without one for just the second time in her college career, but Sims was the star.
"Odyssey can shoot the basketball," Mulkey said. "She got a lot of looks, particularly on ball reversal. She's just a confident kid. When you see a 2-3 zone like that, they're jamming the paint a little bit, you're going to have to make those shots."
Iasia Hemingway led the Orange (8-1) with 10 points. Syracuse lost for the first time in 30 regular season nonconference games.
Sims made 5 of 9 3-pointers for the Bears, who shut down Clemson the night before at the Sunsplash Shootout. Syracuse plays the Tigers on Wednesday night.
Brooklyn Pope added 10 points and seven rebounds for Baylor, which shot nearly 51 percent.
"They have a lot of balance," Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said. "In the first half we really wanted to pack the paint in and one of their shooters had 22 points, in the second half we moved out and they scored in the paint."
Syracuse made 2 of 17 3-pointers and shot 26.5 percent overall while turning the ball over 24 times.
The Orange held Baylor without a field goal through the first four minutes of the second half. But Baylor went on a 10-2 run to go up 55-23 buffer with 12:48 remaining in regulation.
"I've always worried about the game the day before you go home for the holidays," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "This game was no different. You were playing a team that was ranked 23rd in the country, they're undefeated, they play in a tough league in the Big East and I was very proud of the Lady Bears tonight."
No. 3 Duke 46, No. 4 Xavier 45: DURHAM, N.C. -- Jasmine Thomas made the second of two free throws with 2 1/2 seconds to play, then flew down the court to block a breakaway layup at the buzzer and preserve No. 3 Duke's 46-45 win over No. 4 Xavier on Tuesday night.
Thomas led the Blue Devils (12-0) with 16 points, while Krystal Thomas added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Xavier (10-1) came up just short despite 22 points and 15 rebounds from Amber Harris. Ta'Shia Phillips had 19 rebounds and eight points.
Duke won despite being outshot 38 percent to 27 and being outrebounded 51-37.
Jasmine Thomas made layup with 2:11 to play and Karima Christmas cut Xavier's margin to 45-44 on a layup with 1:22 left. Krystal Thomas tied it by hitting the first of two free throws with 31 seconds left.
Jasmine Thomas came up with a loose ball in the backcourt and drew a foul from Tyeasha Moss with 2.5 seconds left, then hit the second of two free throws to give Duke the lead before racing to block Jennings' last-second layup attempt.
Xavier took an 11-point lead early in the second half, on Special Jennings' layup with 16:17 remaining.
Jasmine Thomas answered with a jumper 16 seconds later and Duke came back to tie it at 40 on Krystal Thomas' layup from Shay Selby with 9:08 to go.
No. 6 West Virginia 71, North Carolina Central 39: DURHAM, N.C. -- Liz Repella scored 17 points to help No. 6 West Virginia beat North Carolina Central.
Korinne Campbell and Ali Madina each added 11 points for the Mountaineers, who scored the game's first 20 points en route to the first 12-0 start in their program's history.
Asya Bussie and Jessica Harlee had 10 points apiece for West Virginia.
Chasidy Williams scored 10 points to lead the Eagles (2-9), who shot 21.7 percent from the floor. N.C. Central was playing the program's first home game against a ranked Division I opponent.
The Mountaineers survived a season-high 22 turnovers, winning by at least 30 points for the sixth time this season. They led 38-20 at halftime.
West Virginia scored on nine of its first 10 possessions to take a 20-0 lead five minutes into the game. All five starters made field goals during that stretch for the Mountaineers, who opened 8 for 10 from the floor.
Repella led the charge, making a pair of jumpers, including a 3-pointer. Campbell and Ali each added two transition baskets after steals.
N.C. Central missed its first four shots and committed five turnovers before Alesha Jenkins made a layup with 14:49 remaining in the first half.
The Eagles outscored the Mountaineers 20-18 over the final 15 minutes of the first half, making 12 of 14 free throws. N.C. Central shot 4 for 22 from the field and had one assist to go with 15 turnovers in the first half.
The Eagles cut West Virginias lead to 45-30 with 13 minutes remaining in the game, but the Mountaineers pulled away with a 17-2 spurt. Harlee ignited the run with two layups, a jumper and a floating scoop shot.
The Eagles went nearly nine minutes without a field goal, making a pair of free throws as West Virginia extended its lead to 62-32 with 4:30 to play.
No. 11 Kentucky 107, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 35: LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Keyla Snowden scored a career-high 28 points and No. 11 Kentucky beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Wildcats (9-1) forced the Golden Lions (0-8) into 41 turnovers and 20 percent shooting from the field.
Jasmine Abrams led Pine Bluff with 12 points.
Kentucky was able to pull away early thanks to its suffocating defense.
The Wildcats held Pine Bluff without a shot for a three-minute span in the first half. By the time the Lions got one off, it was 27-6.
Victoria Dunlap, last season's Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
No. 12 Michigan State 67, Vermont 33: EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Lykendra Johnson scored 14 points and No. 12 Michigan State beat Vermont.
The Spartans (12-1) won their 10th in a row. They got 12 points from Klarissa Bell and 10 from Kalisha Keane.
MSU, which led 36-15 at halftime, put the game away early in the second half with a 13-2 run during the first five minutes.
Lauren Wheeler and Lauren Buschmann led the Catamounts (0-10) with eight points apiece. Vermont converted just 12-of-43 field goals in the contest.