Every year, the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award goes to a female college player, 5-8 and under, who’s shown prowess both on the court and in the classroom. This year’s winner is Baylor University Lady Bear, Odyssey Sims. More details below via the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association:
“Sims, a senior guard and four-year starter at Baylor, is the nation’s leading scorer and has guided the Lady Bears program to a top 10 ranking.
The Irving, Texas native has earned a slew of honors during her career as a member of the Lady Bears program including being named a WBCA All-American and USBWA All-American in 2012 and 2013, a 2013 AP All-American first team selection and the National Freshman of the Year by the USBWA. She was a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Wade Trophy in 2012 and 2013.
Sims is the fifth Lady Bears player to score 2,000 points and she is the program’s all-time leader in assists and 3-point field goals. Sims is averaging 29.6 points, 4.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds a contest while shooting 45 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free throw line.
Sims is active within the community as well. Throughout her four years she has visited local elementary schools, served meals at the local soup kitchen, visited pediatric units of local hospitals delivering stuffed bears and participated in packing meals to ship overseas.“