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Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims are racking up awards this week. A third All-American honor in three days came calling Thursday.

Baylor stalwarts Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims were named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women’s All-America Team on Wednesday.

If you were starting a women’s basketball team, you’d probably take Baylor’s Brittney Griner with your No. 1 pick. And Odyssey Sims might not be far behind.

Waco businessman Scott Salmans found himself in a foul mood Sunday night after watching the Baylor 
Lady Bears lose to the Lousville Cardinals, ending their shot at a trip to the Final Four next weekend in New Orleans and a possible national championship.

OKLAHOMA CITY — As Brittney Griner knelt beside her, the bridge of her nose pinched between her fingers, Odyssey Sims collapsed with her jersey pulled over her face. Louisville players spilled out onto the court behind the two players that had done so much to prop up the Lady Bears’ mammoth run this season.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The overwhelming amount of maroon in the seats Sunday made Chesapeake Energy Arena feel like a rowdy northern extension of Norman’s Lloyd Noble Arena. By the second half, the Lady Vols turned it into a museum.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Seconds after finishing interviews in the afterglow of a second-round blowout win over Florida State on Tuesday, Odyssey Sims whipped out her phone. Framed by Brittney Griner and Brooklyn Pope, the three struck goofy poses on the dais as Sims snapped the shot. The scene drew a chuckle out of coach Kim Mulkey.

Confronted Monday with the idea of never playing another game at the Ferrell Center, Brittney Griner smiled sheepishly, shook her head and paused for a minute.

After a sluggish start in Sunday’s NCAA first-round meeting with Prairie View A&M, Baylor emerged from the halftime locker room visibly more cohesive. Slowly but steadily, the Lady Bears’ lead ballooned.

The Lady Bears walked through all manner of scenarios these last two weeks. They drilled on offense, transition, defense, trailing late in a game, managing a late lead in tight situations and everything in between.

Strength and conditioning — It’s a phrase that conjures many different images.
For most people, it’s a bunch of big, burly athletes lifting as much weight as they can over and over again, or running sprints until they just can’t go anymore.
In other words, most people think football. They think a no-nonsense, drill-sergeant type who gets every last drop of energy they can out of a player.

Senior classes like the one the Lady Bears assembled this year don’t come along often. For most programs, talent like this in a single class arrayed across the spectrum is a pipe dream.

Last weekend in Dallas, Baylor finally backed its way into a Big 12 dogfight. Oklahoma State was within a possession of tying the Lady Bears in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. If ever a Big 12 team was going to bump off the top-ranked Lady Bears, this looked to be the occasion.

John Denver’s iconic song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” roared through the Ferrell Center speakers Thursday afternoon. The song has become synonymous with West Virginia, and the Lady Bears got a taste of it this week in practice to prepare for the longest Big 12 road trip in program history.

It was late October, and Kim Mulkey sat behind a table at Big 12 media day and talked about motivation. Seniors Destiny Williams and Brittney Griner, who sat at her flanks, nodded along compliantly.

NORMAN, Okla. — Every now and then, Baylor is struck flush with the true measure of Brittney Griner’s enormous value. Against pesky Oklahoma on Monday, that clarity came with Griner shackled on the bench in foul trouble.