Poor shooting dooms Cats at Texas Tech

By The Mercury

LUBBOCK, Texas — Despite a late rally, Kansas State suffered through one of its roughest shooting performances of the season, as Texas Tech defended its home floor with a 59-50 win on Wednesday night at United Spirit Arena.

K-State (10-5, 1-2 Big 12) was led by Bri Craig with a career-high 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc.

The freshman from Lincoln, Neb., has scored in double digits in seven games this season and three of the last five. Her effort Wednesday night surpassed her career-high of 15 at UNLV on Dec. 21.

Senior Brittany Chambers narrowly missed her fourth double-double of the season, as she finished with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds. This was Chambers’ 14th game in double figures this season and the 88th in her career.

For the night, the Wildcats shot 31 percent (15 of 49) from the field, including 5 of 22 from beyond the arc.

Eight different players scored for Texas Tech (12-3, 2-1 Big 12), led by by Kelsi Baker and Jackie Patterson with 14 points apiece.

Baker also added eight rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal to her final stat line.

Both teams pieced together early runs, as K-State jumped out to an 8-0 lead to open the game — highlighted by a pair of Craig 3-pointers. Texas Tech answered, though, with a commanding 27-9 run to secure a 27-17 lead at the break.

During Texas Tech’s run the remainder of the first half, the Wildcats made just two field goals in the final 13 minutes of the opening stanza. K-State was held to a just 21 percent from the floor in the first half, while carding a season-low for points in a half.

After K-State narrowed the Texas Tech lead to eight following a pair of Craig free throws, the Lady Raiders distanced themselves from the Wildcats with a 10-3 run to capture a 39-24 lead with 11:57 to play.

Texas Tech would build its lead to 19 on two separate occasions in the second half. K-State pieced together a 12-2 run in the final three-and-a-half minutes of the game to bring the deficit to seven at 57-50 with 41 seconds to play. The Wildcats’ run was boosted by consecutive 3-pointers from Chambers and Craig.

K-State returns to Bramlage to host West Virginia on Saturday at 3 p.m. Saturday’s game marks K-State’s participation in the “Pack the House” initiative, as all tickets and select concession items will available for $1. Fans will also see a halftime performance from the national act “Quick Change.”

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