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WACO, Texas – TCU coach Jeff Mittie saw All-American guard Odyssey Sims when she was a young kid, in his shooting camp and then when she played on the same AAU team with his daughter.
"You could see her in the making even back then, that she was a special player," Mittie said.
Sims, the nation's leading scorer, had 28 points with six 3-pointers to pace No. 7 Baylor to an 80-46 victory over the Frogs on Saturday night. The Lady Bears stretched their national-best home winning streak to 69 games, which span Sims' college career.
"Odyssey is playing so well," Mittie said. "Here's a player that's pushing for a lot of special things in her senior year, and what I see is a team that has a lot of offensive firepower, even though they lost so much."
Sims played only 30 minutes and was 11-of-16 shooting, including 6-of-10 on 3-pointers for the second game in a row. She had a career-high 48 points Wednesday night at West Virginia, when she took over the record for 3-pointers. She got recognized for that record before the game.
Zahna Medley had 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting and was the only TCU player scoring in double figures. All of her points came in the first half.
TCU (11-5, 2-2 Big 12) shot only 29 percent from the field (17 of 58) and was outrebounded 48-29.
"Obviously our issues tonight were rebounding and any consistent offense," Mittie said. "Our group struggled all night long. Baylor's defense is excellent. They did a great job on our shooters, making them rush."
The home winning streak for the Lady Bears (14-1, 4-0) gets a big test Monday night when they host top-ranked Connecticut.
Sune Agbuke had 15 points for Baylor while freshman Nina Davis had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Imani Wright also had 11 points.
Sims had two 3-pointers as the Lady Bears scored the game's first 14 points in just over 3 minutes.
Mittie called his second timeout already after Sims' second 3-pointer, when the Frogs had taken only two shots. They finally scored when Natalie Ventress made a short jumper 3½ minutes into the game.
That started an 18-8 run over a 7-minute span for the Frogs, getting them within 22-18 when Medley penetrated for a short jumper. They never got closer, with Sims hitting a 3-pointer to start a quick spurt of eight straight points by Baylor.
"They made a run at us because of our turnovers. We'd get trapped and not take care of the basketball," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "They're going to make runs, and I thought we responded."
Donielle Breaux made a buzzer-beating 3 for the Frogs to end the first half, but they still trailed 45-27.
Along with its home-court winning streak, Baylor has won a record 44 consecutive Big 12 regular-season games. That streak is 53 when counting the Lady Bears winning the conference tournament the past three years.
The Huskies own the record with 99 home wins in a row. They also ended lengthy home winning streaks by two other teams — Stanford's 82 in a row last season, and Tennessee's 69-game streak that was the record 18 years ago.
Baylor was the No. 1 team when winning last February at then-No. 3 UConn, which lost at Waco two seasons ago in a 1-2 matchup.
"It's a quick turnaround, and we understand who we play Monday," Mulkey said. "We know what it feels like to be No. 1 in the country and want to knock people off."