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Egbo, Smith double-doubles as No. 7 Baylor women get in 1st
WACO, Texas (AP) Queen Egbo and NaLyssa Smith keep doubling up for seventh-ranked Baylor, which has gotten to the top of the Big 12 standings for the first time this season.
Egbo had 22 points and 13 rebounds in her third consecutive double-double, and Smith had her 17th of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Bears finished strong, extending their three-decade winning streak over TCU with an 80-55 victory Wednesday night.
Baylor (20-5, 10-3 Big 12), with five league games remaining, is now tied for the conference lead after sixth-ranked Iowa State (21-4, 10-3) lost at No. 14 Texas on Wednesday night. The Bears have won the last 11 Big 12 titles, but under new coach Nicki Collen lost their first two conference games back in January.
"I'm grateful to be back where we control our own destiny. That's the big thing," Collen said. "When you start 0-2, you know you're going to need help. We've been pretty good since we were 0-2, but you still need help. This puts us back in the driver's seat in terms of controlling our own destiny."
Jordan Lewis added 14 points for the Bears and Ja'Mee Asberry had 11 points.
TCU (6-16, 2-11) has lost 32 consecutive games in the series against the Bears since 1990, and plays them again Saturday. The Horned Frogs are 0-20 against Baylor since joining the Big 12 for the 2012-13 season.
Lauren Heard had 18 points for TCU, which lost its eighth consecutive game this season and is 1-8 on the road.
"Our team, for pretty much three quarters, played pretty sound, good basketball, and they went on a bit of a run there and we got a little low distracted in it," TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. "But that's part of our growth and our process that we'll embrace and get better from."
Egbo had eight points when the Bears closed the first half with a 13-2 run, and never trailed again. She had three consecutive baskets to take Baylor from a 28-23 deficit to a 29-28 lead.
TCU tied the game twice in the third quarter, the last at 42-all on Michelle Berry's jumper in the paint with 5:09 left. Lewis then hit two 3-pointers as part of a 17-5 run that included the Lady Bears scoring the last nine points of the quarter.
"We knew it would come. We had confidence in each other we definitely knew it would come," Egbo said of the late run. "But second half, it was kind of where we decided we were going to separate ourselves from them."
TCU: After staying close with Baylor until late in the third quarter, TCU would up with its fourth consecutive double-digit loss in conference play - and third in a row by at least 23 points. ... TCU was outscored 47-25 after halftime. The Frogs had 17 turnovers that led to 22 points for Baylor.
Baylor: The Bears reached 20 wins for the 22nd season in a row. ... Baylor had 26 assists on its 32 made baskets, and had only five turnovers.
"What I'm most proud of is 26 assists and five turnovers. We just didn't turn the basketball over," Collen said.
After the makeup Wednesday night of a game postponed Jan. 5 because of a COVID-19 pause in Baylor's program, TCU will be the home team Saturday when they play again. The Bears haven't lost in Fort Worth since Feb. 28, 1990, the last win by the Frogs in the series.
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Updated February 16, 2022