Odyssey Sims just as important to Baylor

Baylor may have Brittney Griner patrolling the paint for the Lady Bears, but she's only as good as her point guard. Just ask coach Kim Mulkey.

And who's that point guard? Irving MacArthur grad Odyssey Sims.

Graham Hays of ESPN.com was in New York to watch the No. 1 Lady Bears during their 73-59 victory against St. John's during the opening game of the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Here's his take:

Griner is the star, but as a former point guard like Mulkey knows better than most, there's only one quarterback on a basketball team. For Baylor, that's Odyssey Sims. And with Sims in foul trouble in the first half and ineffective in the time she did spend on the court, the Lady Bears looked out of sync on both ends of the court.

Her ineffectiveness on this day underscored just how important her typical effectiveness is for this team.

"Odyssey Sims is a much improved player," Mulkey said. "She's just a kid that's born with instincts to play the game of basketball. I hate she got in foul trouble -- I tried to put her in, and then I got nervous and thought, "No, this kid's going to be all right; we're going to be all right in the second half.' But she has made us better because she is responding more to my style of coaching, she's responding more to the demands that we really placed upon her as a point guard."

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