SOUTH BEND (March 29, 2014) Baylor’s Lady Bears were looking for revenge Saturday against Kentucky after their four-overtime loss to the Wildcats in December and they got it with a 90-72 win that sends them to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA women’s tournament for the fourth time in five years.
Baylor (32-4) will face undefeated Notre Dame, which beat Oklahoma State 89-72 Sunday afternoon to advance.
The victory came a year after Louisville eliminated the Lady Bears in the Sweet 16 in one of the biggest upsets in women's basketball.
Senior Odyssey Sims scored 25 points, including her 1,000th this season, to lead No. 2 seed Baylor to a rout of third-seeded Kentucky in the Notre Dame regional semifinals.
Sims got off to a slow start missing her first six shots before heating up.
She made eight of her final 10 shots to finish the half, giving Baylor a 49-32 lead at the break.
Nina Davis finished with 20 points and eight rebounds while classmate Khadijiah Cave added a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds.
Sophomore Niya Johnson had 11 points and 11 assists.
Sims became only the second player to reach the 1,000-point milestone in a single season.
She is 41 points behind Jackie Stiles' record of 1,062 for one year set in 2001.
DeNesha Stallworth scored 19 points to lead Kentucky (26-9).
In December, then No. 5 Kentucky beat then No. 9 Baylor 133-130 in the highest scoring women’s game in Division I history.
The previous high for a Division I women's game was 252 points in SMU's 127-125 win over TCU, also in four overtimes, on Jan. 25, 1997.