Baylor's Odyssey Sims scores 38 to help No. 6 Bears get by Oklahoma
WACO, Texas -- Odyssey Sims scored 38 points and Nina Davis added 28 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 6 Baylor beat Oklahoma 96-89 on Monday night.
Makenzie Robertson added 11 points for the Lady Bears (25-3, 15-1 Big 12).
Baylor led by 32 points in the second half before Oklahoma cut it to 93-87 with 37 seconds. The Sooners (17-12, 8-8) could have made it closer, but Aaryn Ellenberg's shot bounced off the rim and Davis grabbed the rebound.
Ellenberg, who finished with 29 points, was playing her first game since suffering a concussion against Oklahoma State on Feb. 16.
Sims, the nation's leading scorer at nearly 30 points a game, was 12 of 27 from the field and 10 of 15 from the free throw line.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Tear'a Laudermill scored 22 of her career-high 27 points and made six of her seven 3-pointers in the first half, and No. 16 Nebraska defeated eighth-ranked Penn State 94-74 to stay alive in the Big Ten race on Monday night.
The Cornhuskers (21-5, 11-3) extended their winning streak to a season-best eight games and pulled within a half-game of the two-time defending champion Lady Lions (21-6, 12-3). The Huskers have two games remaining in the regular season and the Lady Lions have one.
The surprisingly easy win came after a blistering first-half shooting performance. The Huskers made 11 of 14 3-pointers the opening 20 minutes, a 78.6-percent clip that was the best by a major-conference team this season and second-best in Division I behind Alabama State's 81.8 percent (9 of 11) against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Nebraska finished with a season-high 16 3s on 22 attempts. The school record for 3s in a game is 17.
Jordan Hooper added 19 points, Rachel Theriot had 17 and Emily Cady added 14.
Ariel Edwards led Penn State with 24 points, Maggie Lucas had 17 and Dara Taylor had 10.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Tori Jankoska scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers, as No. 21 Michigan State beat Minnesota 75-61 on Monday.
Michigan State got out to a 16-point first half lead, after making 6 of 9 3-pointers, and led by double-digits for the first 16 minutes of the second half.
The Spartans (19-8, 11-3 Big Ten) are now tied in the conference loss column with No. 16 Nebraska and No. 8 Penn State.
Michigan State's leading scorer, freshman Aerial Powers, fouled out with 8:59 left in the second half, and finished with seven points.
The Big Ten scoring leader, Rachel Banham, scored 31 points on 11 of 29 shooting for Minnesota (17-11, 6-8).
Michigan State has now won seven of the past eight meetings with Minnesota.