Odyssey Sims capped a decisive 13-2 run with a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc and the second-seeded Baylor Bears advanced to their sixth straight Sweet 16 with a 75-56 win over the Cal Golden Bears Monday in the second round of the women’s NCAA tournament.
The Bears (31-4) were playing on their home court at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, and rode the advantage by breaking open a close game in the second half.
The No. 7-seeded Golden Bears (22-10), who were a Final Four team a year ago, trailed by just one point, 34-33, at the half and were hanging with Baylor until the Bears put together a five-minute span, outscoring the Golden Bears 13-2 to take a 66-52 with less than five minutes to go in the game.
With 996 points this season, Sims is now second on the NCAA Division I single-season scoring list, trailing only the 1,062 points put up by Missouri State’s Jackie Stiles in 2000-01.
Sims had a game-high 27 points for the Bears to go with eight rebounds and three steals. Nina Davis finished with 13 points and Kjadijiah Cave added 10. Niya Johnson dished out 11 assists, Makenzie Robertson had three steals and Sune Agbuke blocked three shots.
Afure Jemerigbe led the Golden Bears with 17 points and Brittany Boyd finished with 154 points, seven assists and three steals. Gennifer Brandon grabbed 15 rebounds.
Cal was 22-for-56 (39.3 percent) overall, 2-for-9 (22.2 percent) from long range and 10-for-14 (71.4 percent) from the line. Baylor was 27-for-63 (42.9 percent), 5-for-16 (31.3 percent) and 16-for-20 (80 percent).
Baylor had a 41-34 edge on the glass and committed 14 turnovers, compared to 18 giveaways by Cal.
Baylor advances to face third-seeded Kentucky—a 64-59 winner over Syracuse Monday night—in the semifinals of the Notre Dame Regional on Saturday.