Updated at: 12/12/2012 7:36 PM
By DAVID JIMENEZ
(AP) WACO, Texas - Odyssey Sims scored a season-high 27 points, Brittney Griner had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 3 Baylor ran its home winning streak to 44, beating Oral Roberts 94-56 on Wednesday night.
Baylor (8-1) hit 16 of its first 19 shots and led 51-34 at halftime. Sims, playing in her second game since returning from a hamstring injury, connected on a 30-footer just before the first-half buzzer sounded.
Kevi Luper had 19 points and Taylor Cooper added 16 for Oral Roberts (3-4). The Golden Eagles have lost 40 consecutive games to ranked opponents.
Brooklyn Pope, making her second start of the season, was 8 of 9 from the floor and scored 19 points for the defending NCAA champion Lady Bears, who have won six straight since having their 42-game winning streak snapped Nov. 16.
Oral Roberts climbed within 13 early in the second half when Jaci Bigham made a scoop shot in the lane, making it 53-40 with 17:45 remaining.
Baylor went on an 18-7 run after that to take full control. Sims made a layup, and Griner followed with a bank shot that made it 71-47 with 12:41 left.
The Lady Bears, who led by 38 in the second half, shot 56.3 percent for the game and they outrebounded the Golden Eagles 44-29
Baylor was coming off a 73-61 victory at No. 5 Notre Dame last week in a rematch of last season’s title game. The Lady Bears will have some time off before hosting No. 13 Tennessee in Waco next Tuesday.
After Griner missed the first shot of the game, Baylor hit eight in a row from the floor. Griner scored six of the Lady Bears’ first eight and Pope followed with six straight points.
Griner hit a jumper and Sims followed with a steal and layup to give Baylor a 31-9 lead with 12:12 left in the first half.
Luper scored 32 points three years ago against Baylor as a freshman. It was the same night Griner had the first triple-double of her career.
On Wednesday night, Luper didn’t make her first field goal until the Golden Eagles were down 20.
Taylor Cooper made consecutive 3-pointers to bring Oral Roberts within 48-34 late in the first half.
But Sims launched her 30-foot heave that hit nothing but net and gave the Lady Bears a 17-point advantage at half.
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