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The Lady Bears won their only national title in 2005. They made it to the Final Four in Griner’s freshman season two years ago, then went to a regional final last year before losing to eventual national champion Texas A&M.

Sims, who got her first international experience last summer playing on a U.S. national team, is averaging 14.7 points a game. She has more assists (143) and steals (94) than turnovers (84) while playing nearly 32 minutes a game. Only Griner, the lone college player who is a finalist for the U.S. Olympic roster, has played more for the Lady Bears.

The Lady Bears are the Big 12’s highest-scoring team averaging 79 points a game, and the best defense allowing only 51.

“I love listening to the experts (about how to beat Baylor). We play them two or three times every year in the Big 12 and we’ve all tried to figure it out,” Texas coach Gail Goestenkors said. “Their perimeter defense is exceptional and they pressure the ball-handler and the passing lanes. You’ve got to play almost a perfect game, and you definitely have to make your outside shots.”

All that is perfect so far is Baylor’s record.