Lankford, who was hurt earlier in the week at Commerce, finished with 31 points Saturday in an 86-70 win over Tarleton State.
The victory pushed the Wildcats ahead of the TexAnns for second place in the Lone Star Conference.
Lankford's effort vs. Tarleton marked the second-best scoring game of her career behind a 38-point effort against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Feb. 19, 2012. Against the TexAnns, Lankford poured in 25 first-half points on 7 of 9 shooting, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.
She was also 6 of 7 from the free throw line, pulled down four rebounds and had one assist in 16 minutes of play. With Tarleton's defense concentrating even more on Lankford in the second half, she had just six points in 14 minutes, but that allowed Whitney West (eight points), Kelsey Smith (nine points) and Sadie Dickinson (five points) to take over the scoring load for the Wildcats, who beat Tarleton State for the first time since 2009.