Odyssey Sims Named USBWA All-American

(March 31, 2014) Baylor’s Odyssey Sims was named to the 2013-14 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women's All-America Team, as selected by the entire association membership it was announced Monday.

The 10-woman team features five back-to-back honorees and eight seniors.

Sims earned her third USBWA All-American distinction and was named the association’s Freshman of the Year in 2011. She joins former teammate Brittney Griner as Baylor’s only three-time honorees, Sophia Young earned USBWA All-American honors in 2005 and 2006.
Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, is averaging 28.4 ppg, which ranks No. 2 nationally, as well as 4.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She is shooting .446 from the floor, .399 from 3-point range and .804 from the free throw line.

Sims, with 1,021 points in 2013-14, became just the second NCAA Division I women’s player to score over 1,000 points in a season. Jackie Stiles (Missouri State) set the record in the 2000-01 season with 1,062 points.

The USBWA Women's All-America Team is the nation's best ten players, regardless of position, as selected by the USBWA membership based on regular-season performance. These ten standouts are finalists for the USBWA's Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as the national player of the year, which will be announced Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., at 3:30 p.m. ET prior to the start of the NCAA Women's Final Four.

Following is the complete 2013-14 USBWA Women's All-America Team:
2013-14 USBWA WOMEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM
C - Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut (6-5, Sr., Port Jervis, N.Y.)
G - Bria Hartley, Connecticut (5-8, Sr., North Babylon, N.Y.)
G - Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame (5-10, So., Lincolnwood, Ill.)
G - Maggie Lucas, Penn State (5-10, Sr., Narberth, Pa.)
G - Kayla McBride, Notre Dame (5-11, Sr., Erie, Pa.)
F - Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford (6-4, Sr., Cypress, Texas)
G - Shoni Schimmel, Louisville (5-9, Sr., Mission, Ore.)
G - Odyssey Sims, Baylor (5-8, Sr., Irving, Texas)
F - Breanna Stewart, Connecticut (6-4, So., Syracuse, N.Y.)
F - Alyssa Thomas, Maryland (6-2, Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.)
The USBWA Women's All-America Team is the nation's best ten players, regardless of position, as selected by the USBWA membership based on regular-season performance. These ten standouts are finalists for the USBWA's Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as the national player of the year, which will be announced Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., at 3:30 p.m. ET prior to the start of the NCAA Women's Final Four.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association, formed in 1956, has named a women's All-America team since the 1996-97 season. The association has also named a national player of the year – now known as the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award – since 1987-88 and a national coach of the year since 1989-90. In 2002-03, the USBWA initiated an award for the nation's top freshman.


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