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Smith's double-double leads Lady Bears in record-setting rout

Baylor set yet another record as its blew out Kansas in its return to the hardwood.
Credit: Kurtis Quillin/KCEN
NaLyssa Smith (1) finishes an alley-oop from Lauren Cox as No. 2 Baylor faced Kansas in a Big 12 women's basketball game at the Ferrell Center in Waco on Feb. 5, 2020. Baylor won, 97-44, behind a game-high 23 points from Smith who made just her second start since suffering a high right-ankle sprain Jan. 18th.

WACO, Texas — In a season in which its set several records, already, Baylor set another one Wednesday.

The second-ranked Lady Bears beat Kansas 97-44 inside the Ferrell Center in Waco, improving to 20-1 overall and 9-0 in Big 12 conference play. The win is the program's largest in a conference game since the Big 12 Conference started in the 1996-97 season.

The win, Baylor's 50th-straight regular-season conference win, also guaranteed 20 wins in each of Kim Mulkey's 20 seasons at Baylor.

NaLyssa Smith, making just her second start since suffering a high righ-ankle sprain against West Virginia on Jan. 18th, scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. It's her eighth double-double this season.

"Knowing I couldn't practice, I'd go and get shots up, stuff like that," Smith said. "The injury really took its toll on me. But, now that I'm back, I've just got to pick up where I left off."

Smith played 19 minutes, the most since her injury, and missed just one field goal attempt.

All said, Baylor shot 55% from the floor with Queen Egbo also scoring in double figures for the Lady Bears.

And, with Smith on the court, the Lady Bears were +40 against the Jayhawks.

"When I see my shot go in, I start to just keep going," Smith said. "I keep doing things I see that's working. I just feel comfortable."

The Lady Bears next face Kansas State. That game is set for 2 p.m. Saturday inside Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas.

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