Lady Bears Defeat California, Advance to Sweet 16

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WACO (March 24, 2014) Odyssey Sims scored 27 points in her final home game and Baylor advanced to its sixth consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen, taking over in the second half for a 75-56 victory over California on Monday night.

Sims punctuated a game-clinching 13-2 run with a long 3-pointer with 4½ minutes left. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey could only smile even though she appeared to be calling for a different play from the sideline. Sims scored 11 points in that spurt of about 5 minutes that pushed Baylor (31-4) ahead 66-52.

Afure Jemerigbe had 17 points and Brittany Boyd 15 for Cal (22-10), a Final Four team last season.

Baylor, the No. 2 seed in the Notre Dame Regional, has a rematch with Kentucky (26-8) on Saturday in South Bend, Ind.