Sims’ sea­son-high 27 lead Bay­lor rout of Oral Roberts

Griner’s dou­ble­dou­ble helps Bears ex­tend home win streak to 44.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

WACO — Odyssey Sims scored a sea­son-high 27 points, Brit­tney Griner had 22 points and 10 re­bounds, and No. 3 Bay­lor ran its home win­ning streak to 44, beat­ing Oral Roberts 94-56 on Wed­nes­day night.

Bay­lor (8-1) hit 16 of its first 19 shots and led 51-34 at half­time. Sims, play­ing in her sec­ond game since re­turn­ing from a ham­string in­jury, con­nected on a 30-footer just be­fore the first-half buzzer sounded.

Kevi Lu­per had 19 points and Tay­lor Cooper added 16 for Oral Roberts (3-4). The Golden Ea­gles have lost 40 con­sec­u­tive games to ranked op­po­nents.

Brook­lyn Pope, mak­ing her sec­ond start of the sea­son, was 8 of 9 from the floor and scored 19 points for the de­fend­ing NCAA cham­pion Lady Bears, who have won six straight since hav­ing their 42-game win­ning streak snapped Nov. 16.

Oral Roberts climbed within 13 early in the sec­ond half when Jaci Bigham made a scoop shot in the lane, mak­ing it 53-40 with 17:45 re­main­ing.

Bay­lor went on an 187 run af­ter that to take full con­trol. Sims made a layup, and Griner fol­lowed with a bank shot that made it 71-47 with 12:41 left.

The Lady Bears, who led by 38 in the sec­ond half, shot 56.3 per­cent for the game and they out­re­bounded the Golden Ea­gles 44-29

Bay­lor was coming off a 73-61 vic­tory at No. 5 Notre Dame last week in a re­match of last sea­son’s ti­tle game. The Lady Bears will have some time off be­fore host­ing No. 13 Ten­nessee in Waco next Tues­day.

Af­ter Griner missed the first shot of the game, Bay­lor hit eight in a row from the floor. Griner scored six of the Lady Bears’ first eight and Pope fol­lowed with six straight points.

Griner hit a jumper and Sims fol­lowed with a steal and layup to give Bay­lor a 31-9 lead with 12:12 left in the first half.

Lu­per scored 32 points three years ago against Bay­lor as a fresh­man. It was the same night Griner had the first triple-dou­ble of her ca­reer.

On Wed­nes­day night, Lu­per didn’t make her first field goal un­til the Golden Ea­gles were down 20

Tay­lor Cooper made con­sec­u­tive 3-point­ers to bring Oral Roberts within 48-34 late in the first half.

But Sims launched her 30-foot heave that hit noth­ing but net and gave the Lady Bears a 17-point ad­van­tage at half.

No. 11 Penn State 60, Vir­ginia Tech 41: Mag­gie Lu­cas scored 17 points and Mia Nick­son had a dou­ble-dou­ble as the vis­it­ing Nit­tany Lions (8-2) beat the Hok­ies (4-4).

No. 19 North Carolina 49, N.C. Cen­tral 21: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 points while Brittany Roun­tree had 11 to help the Tar Heels (9-1) de­feat the vis­it­ing Ea­gles (0-11).

UNC tied the pro­gram records for fewest points in a win and fewest points al­lowed in a game. It was also the low­est-scor­ing game in pro­gram his­tory.

North Carolina won de­spite shoot­ing 27 per­cent (17 of 62). But the Ea­gles were even worse against a team ranked 23rd na­tion­ally in field­goal per­cent­age de­fense.

N.C. Cen­tral missed 17 of 19 shots in the first half and trailed 21-6 at the break. The Ea­gles made just five shots af­ter half­time and fin­ished at 16 per­cent (7 of 43) for the game.

Tisha Dixon had eight points and 12 re­bounds to lead N.C. Cen­tral.

Men

No. 7 Ohio St. 85, Sa­van­nah St. 45: De­shaun Thomas scored all but one of his 22 points in the first half to lead the host Buck­eyes (7-1) over the Tigers (5-5).

LaQuin­ton Ross added 13 points, Shan­non Scott had 12 and Evan Ravenel 11 for the Buck­eyes).

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