One Last Shot for Baylor's Odyssey Sims

WACO (March 30, 2014) The zero on her jersey is her nickname: "O."

If her favorite player wasn't obvious enough, Suzie Oeschlegel would be happy to tell you all about Baylor Guard Odyssey Sims.

"She'd come bee-bopping down the hall and I'd be going into the office, 'morning coach O!' I mean she's always had a smile on her face," Oeschlegel said.

And a gift on the court.

"I just swell up with pride. I get goosebumps watching her," Oeschlegel said.

Even though she hasn't coached her favorite player in more than four years.

"Everybody loves Odyssey," Oeschlegel said.

Odyssey Sims built her reputation in high school.

"She put us on the map," Oeschlegel said.

MacArthur High School in Irving retired her jersey, the first time they had ever retired a athletic jersey, boys or girls, in the schools 47 year history.

Sims' senior year of high school, number one Irving MacArthur was expected to win the state title.

But in the regional final, she tore her ACL, ending her season and her hopes for a state championship.

"I have a lot of weight to carry, I guess," Odyssey Sims said.

"Cause she wanted that state championship so bad and we would've gotten it," Oeschlegel said.

With high school over, Sims turned her attention to Baylor and chasing the championship she painfully missed at MacArthur.

"I knew it was coming," she said.

And her redemption came soon.

After being named national freshman of the year, Sims led the Lady Bears to the greatest season in NCAA history during her sophomore year, and won the national championship.

"Winning the national championship, that's first and foremost, but didn't know it was going to be 40-0," Sims said.

"I want her to be able to poke her chest out and say I finally got that national championship," Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey said.

"That national championship at Baylor was even sweeter," Oeschlegel said.

And this season, she's cemented her place in Lady Bears' history by taking down record after record.

But her career won't be defined by her name in the history books.

"All the individual honors, I'm not sure Odyssey cares if she remembers those. I think that she just wants them to remember that when she came on that floor we were proud she wore the green and gold," Mulkey said.

"I just want to be known as a great player, a great leader, someone who actually did something for the program, someone who won a national championship. They can say I did something great for the team. Just to have my name brought up," Sims said.


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