The Kansas State women’s basketball team looks like it has all the answers, while Texas Tech seems to be searching for answers.
The stage is set for Saturday’s tilt in Lubbock, Texas, when the surging Wildcats face the Lady Raiders at 2 p.m.
K-State is coming off a 72-46 blowout victory over Missouri on Wednesday in Manhattan, while No. 10 Texas Tech is looking to rebound from its first loss of the season, a 71-68 setback at home to the unranked Oklahoma Sooners.
The Wildcats, who are receiving votes in the national polls, improved to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in Big 12 play with their fourth-straight victory, as they prepare for their second conference road game after winning at Kansas last Saturday.
Junior guard Brittany Chambers said while the Wildcats are pleased to be off to such a fast start, there isn’t much time to celebrate Wednesday’s victory over the Tigers.
“We’re really proud of our basketball team,” said Chambers, who scored 14 points in the win. “It’s exciting to be 3-0, but now we’re trying to be ready to be 4-0. It’s one of those things where you want to pat yourself on the back that night, and then get back in the grind.
“It feels great now, but we’re trying to make this thing last as long as we can, so we have to get ready for the next one.”
Texas Tech senior forward Jordan Barncastle said one loss isn’t going to derail her teams’ goals.
“We’re not down on ourselves,” she told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Thursday. “We came back with a good attitude… working hard. Our goal hasn’t changed, and I don’t think a loss is going to get us down or change our motives. I think it’s just a bit of a wake-up call and we’ll be ready for the next one.”
Oklahoma, though down a bit this year, put together one of its most complete games of the season Wednesday night to stun the Lady Raiders (14-1, 2-1). The Sooners did it with defense down the stretch, as OU held Tech scoreless for the final five minutes of the game.
Barncastle said the loss would be a learning experience.
“We didn’t let our 14 wins snowball either,” she said. “We didn’t get big-headed. We stayed humble, and I think we’ll learn and grow from that experience and be ready for Kansas State.”
K-State travels to Lubbock having lost there a year ago — a 68-66 double-overtime thriller. Overall, though, the Wildcats have done well against the Lady Raiders with seven wins in their last nine meetings, including three of the last four at Tech.
“We understand they’re playing great basketball,” K-State coach Deb Patterson said Wednesday. “We know they’re confident and they play extremely well at home. Anytime you go on the road in the Big 12, you have to bring something very special to come away with a win.
“And for us, it’s just about preparing and walking into the gym and working to get better, hoping that what we bring to the floor against Tech is going to be enough to keep us competitive down there.”
KANSAS STATE (12-3, 3-0)
Yr. Ht. Ppg. Reb.
G — Brittany Chambers Jr. 5-8 16.3 6.0
G — Tasha Dickey Sr. 5-10 8.8 3.8
G — Mariah White Jr. 5-8 6.3 4.4
F — Jalana Childs Sr. 6-2 14.5 5.7
F — Branshea Brown Sr. 6-2 4.8 5.9
No. 10/14 TEXAS TECH (14-1, 2-1)
Yr. Ht. Ppg. Reb.
G — Christine Hyde Jr. 5-10 8.8 4.6
G — Casey Morris Jr. 5-9 9.9 4.1
G — Monique Smalls Jr. 5-6 7.8 3.5
F — Kelsi Baker Jr. 6-0 7.5 4.3
C — Kierra Mallard Sr. 6-3 13.7 9.1