That proved to be a pretty good philosophy Wednesday night as Lambert scored 30 points to lead Baylor to a 75-60 victory over No. 17 Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference women's tournament.
"She's a great player," said Tech's Jia Perkins. "She's tough for anyone to guard. She's one of the best guards in the league. She gets the offense going and they feed off of her."
Lambert was taken out of the game with 1:10 remaining when she was two points shy of the record of Nicole Kubik of Nebraska, who scored 32 points against Kansas in the second round, March 8, 2000.
"I told my teammates that I wasn't ready to go home," Lambert said of her game. "I wanted to hang out some more."
The Bears led 41-33 at halftime, sparked by 18 points from Lambert and 15-of-16 shooting from the free-throw line.
The Raiders (18-11) chipped away at the lead early in the second half. Perkins sank a free throw with 14:23 remaining to give Texas Tech a 49-48 margin. But Baylor scored the next six points before going on a 13-2 run to take a 67-52 lead with 6:44 left to play.
Tech would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
"We're building a program at Baylor, we just played a tradition," Mulkey-Robertson said.
The Bears beat that tradition with defense.
"They couldn't get an open look," she said. "That's our game plan going in. We outscored them 42-20 in the paint. We have athleticism on the perimeter. You don't lead the Big 12 in defense if you don't have athletes."
Jessika Stratton added 12 points for Baylor.
Tech was led by Jolee Ayers, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Perkins added 14 points and Natalie Ritchie had 13 for the Raiders.
"Baylor had some individual players who stepped up and made big plays," Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. "They did what they had to do to advance.
"I felt like we played well at the beginning of both halves, but didn't finish well in either half. Maybe we just didn't stay disciplined enough throughout the game to make the plays we had to to win."