By Parmida Schahhosseini
The No. 10 Baylor Lady Bears defeated the Oklahoma City Stars 91-49 Tuesday at the Ferrell Center.
Senior guard Odyssey Sims led the team 23 points, four rebounds and four assists with freshman post Khadijiah Cave adding 11 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double.
“I saw the offensive rebounding in her [Cave] and the athleticism,” Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said. “I told her to stay with it and keep getting better everyday.”
All 12 available Lady Bears scored in the game as Baylor received quality production from the bench with 44 points. Freshman guard Breanna Hayden added 10 points in her first game as a Lady Bear and led the team with three steals.
“I feel like we came out normal,” Sims said. “We ran. We pushed the ball. We executed our offense and we played Baylor basketball.”
After a strong first half, Mulkey started five freshmen in the second half, which disrupted the flow of the game, but since this was an exhibition game, Mulkey took her chances.
“We’re a team that’s got some really good things, but we’ve got to grow,” Mulkey said. “We’ve got to grow up.”
The Lady Bears’ defense wasn’t as strong in the second half, allowing its opponent to shoot 42.9 percent, but this is a young team that is continuing to grow. The team chemistry should strengthen with increased minutes over the course of the season.
“Practice makes perfect,” Cave said. “It’ll continue to get better and better.”
Senior guard Makenzie Robertson made three critical 3-pointers to keep Baylor ahead by a strong margin as the Bears cruised to a comfortable 91-49 victory.
Baylor is now 2-0 in exhibition games and will play Grambling State at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Center.