Local Sports Roundup
No. 7 Baylor 78,
West Virginia 62
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Odyssey Sims scored a career-high 48 points and set a Baylor record for career 3-pointers in the seventh-ranked Bears’ 78-62 victory over West Virginia on Wednesday night.
Baylor (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) never trailed but had trouble putting away the Mountaineers until late after jumping ahead 40-25 at halftime. The Lady Bears are outscoring opponents by an average of 33 per game and this was their second-closest winning margin of the season.
Sims had a career-high 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Nina Davis added 12 points for Baylor.
Asya Bussie scored 17 points, Bria Holmes added 15 and Taylor Palmer had 12 for West Virginia (13-2, 2-1), which saw its 13-game winning streak snapped.
Sims made six 3-pointers and has 201 for her career. Jennifer King held the previous school record of 195 from 1989-93.
Sims, the nation’s leading scorer at 30.8 points per game, is averaging 39 over the first three Big 12 games. She eclipsed the 47 points she scored against Kentucky on Dec. 6.
West Virginia scored the first five points of the second half and drew to 52-44 on a basket by Averee Fields with 12:30 left, but the Mountaineers got no closer.
Baylor then scored seven straight points, only to be answered by a 6-0 run by West Virginia. Holmes’ layup cut it to 59-50 with 9:12 remaining, but West Virginia failed to make a field goal over the next 5 minutes.
Sims made six free throws and Davis hit a layup for a 69-55 lead with 4:42 left.
The Mountaineers missed a bevy of layups and shot 33 percent (22 of 67) from the floor, its second-worst performance of the season.
West Virginia was a step slow in guarding Sims, who personally outscored the Mountaineers 26-25 in the first half with a variety of long shots and drives to the basket.
The teams combined to miss 12 of their first 13 shot attempts before Sims made a fast-break layup for a 5-0 lead.
Despite the slow start, the Lady Bears had a double-digit lead 5 minutes into the game.
Baylor used its size advantage to outrebound West Virginia 51-30 – Leshia Small twice rebounded her own missed shot on the same possession.
Ohio Northern 78,
Marietta College 73
ADA, Ohio – Ohio Northern led wire-to-wire and defeated Marietta College 78-73 in an Ohio Athletic Conference battle Wednesday at the ONU Sports Center.
After building a 45-35 lead by intermission, Ohio Northern (7-5, 3-2 OAC) led by as many as 13 points on two occasions early in the second half.
Keith Richardson’s 3-point play with 6:19 remaining in regulation sliced the deficit to 64-61. The Pioneers (9-3, 4-1 OAC) trailed 72-68 with under two minutes remaining when Ohio Northern scored five straight points on free throws to put the game away in the final seconds.
Four Marietta College players scored in double figures, including Luis Garcia with a game-high 18 points. Richardson finished with 17 points, three assists and three steals.
Lucas Pennington paced Ohio Northern with 17 points, while Isaiah Roux turned in a stat line consisting of 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Ohio 59, Kent State 53
KENT, Ohio (AP) – Nick Kellogg scored 19 points as Ohio opened Mid-American Conference play with a 59-53 win at Kent State on Wednesday.
Kellogg made four free throws in the final 39 seconds to help the Bobcats (11-3) hold off the Golden Flashes.
Devareaux Manley had 13 points and Mark Henniger 12 for Kent State (9-5).
Miami led 26-19 at the half but Kent State regrouped to go up by four midway through the second half but, shortly after, the Bobcats went on a 15-4 run for the victory.
Travis Wilkins hit a 3-pointer at 6:08 to put Ohio up for good, 49-46. Maurice Ndour followed with a fast-break dunk off a feed by Javarez Willis. Ndour got loose inside again at 2:21 to make it 53-46.
That cold spell wasn’t unusual as Kent State shot just 28.3 percent, including 4 for 22 (18.2 percent) on free throws..
Ravenswood 88, Williamstown 77
RAVENSWOOD -A solid second half performance from the Ravenswood offense enabled the Red Devils to defeat Williamstown 88-77 on Wednesday night.
At halftime, Williamstown trailed by only two at 42-40 before Ravenswood erupted for 46 second-half points.
Hailey Miller led Ravenswood with 36 points, while Taylor Treadway pitched in 17 points and Claudia Cubides added 12 points.
A total of four Williamstown players scored in double figures, including Samantha Dedrick with a team-high 18 points. Close behind was Melissa Cieslewski with 17 points and Ashley Morris with 16 points.
Marietta 61, Claymont 39
MARIETTA -Marietta took care of business in quick fashion after defeating Claymont 61-39 on Wednesday night.
The 9-3 Tigers outscored Claymont 19-9 in the first quarter then extended the lead to 36-18 by intermission.
Lain Weppler and Taylor Smith each scored 11 points to pace Marietta, while Brittany Deskins added 10 points.
Caitlin Clarke scored a team-high 10 points for Claymont.
RACINE, Ohio -A sluggish start turned out to be Waterford’s own worst enemy as Southern defeated the Wildcats 62-51 on Wednesday night.
Southern (5-2) outscored Waterford 13-4 in the first quarter then padded the lead to 35-16 by halftime.
Cody Paxton scored a team-high 17 points for Waterford (7-3), while Taylor McNickle scored 17 points to lead four Southern players in double figures.