There is recent history associated with the matchup between Baylor and Kentucky in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
When the No. 2-seeded Lady Bears take the court on Saturday morning (11. a.m. CT) against the Lady Wildcats of Kentucky, the No. 3 seed, in South Bend, Ind., it will be hard not to think about the last time these two teams met, which was in November at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Kentucky was the winner in that game in what turned into a good old-fashioned shootout. It took four overtimes before the Lady Wildcats pulled out a 133-130 victory. It was the highest-scoring game in women’s college basketball history. Baylor senior guard and All-American Odyssey Sims scored 47 points in that game.
“A lot of the young, inexperienced players we’ve had this season year have followed her lead,” said Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey about Sims. “She has had a phenomenal year, and as it has gone on, she has trusted her teammates more. When you do that it builds confidence, and we are a very confident basketball team.”
Sims led the Big 12 in scoring this season and is second in the nation with an average of 28.5 points a game.
Baylor had to replace five seniors, including All-American Brittney Griner, from last year’s team that was 32-0 before losing in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 to Louisville. All the Bears have done in 2013-14 is win 31 games while losing just four times and win another conference championship.
The Baylor women are 4-4 in NCAA regional semifinal games.