Wildcats take down No. 10 Tech

By The Mercury

LUBBOCK, Texas — Holding on to a one-point lead with 18 seconds remaining, the Kansas State women’s basketball team pressured Texas Tech all over the floor, as the Lady Raiders were unable to connect on three potential game-winning shots before time expired.

The Wildcats’ tough defense gave K-State a 62-61 victory over No. 10 Texas Tech on Saturday at United Spirit Arena.

It’s the fifth straight win for the Wildcats, who improved to 4-0 in the Big 12. It’s also K-State’s second win over a top-10 opponent this season, marking the first time the Wildcats have done that since 2002. The win is K-State’s first on the road against a top-10 foe since defeating Iowa State in 2002.

Senior Jalana Childs led K-State (13-3, 4-0) by scoring a game-high 23 points with four rebounds and two blocked shots. Tasha Dickey added 17 points, just three shy of her career high.

Junior guard Brittany Chambers picked up her sixth career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She connected on three shots from behind the arch to push her career 3-point total to 201, becoming the fifth player in school history to record 200 or more 3-pointers.

Texas Tech (14-2, 2-2) fell at home for the first time in 10 games this season. The Lady Raiders were led by Kierra Mallard’s 18 points, while Christine Hyde and Casey Morris added 10 apiece.

K-State led 37-27 at halftime, but Texas Tech cut the Cats’ lead to four at 39-35 when Morris connected on a pair of 3pointers on consecutive trips down the floor.

The Wildcats quickly bounced back, though, as Dickey registered a fast-break layup to push the lead to 41-35 with 16:22 to play.

The Lady Raiders continued to be the aggressors in the second half, taking a 48-47 lead following a Mallard steal and layup with 11 minutes remaining.

K-State stayed within two possessions for the next six minutes until Texas Tech’s Monique Smalls converted a three-point play with 4:43 remaining to push Texas Tech out in front by five at 58-53.

The Wildcats cut the Tech lead to two with a Childs jumper, but Hyde quickly answered with a bucket of her own to put Texas Tech up four at 61-57 with 3:20 left, which forced the Wildcats to call a timeout.

But Hyde’s basket proved to be the final points for the Lady Raiders. Childs was fouled with 2:53 left and made one of the two shots to make the score 61-58. After a Tech turnover, Branshea Brown was true on a jumper to cut the lead to one at 61-60.

K-State turned up the defensive pressure, as Morris missed a long 3 with two minutes left. On the other end, Childs was fouled with 1:43 to play and made what proved to be the tying and game-winning free throws.

The Wildcats shot 53.2 percent from the floor and held Texas Tech to 42.6 percent. The Lady Raiders out-rebounded the Wildcats 29-28.

Facing an early deficit in the contest, K-State used an 8-3 run to capture a 16-12 lead with 11:25 to play. Childs recorded consecutive baskets to give the Wildcats the early edge, one that K-State would not relinquish in the opening stanza.

K-State continued to keep Texas Tech at arm’s length for the remainder of the first half. Each time the Lady Raiders cut into the Wildcats’ lead, K-State answered and improved upon the lead and held a 10-point advantage at the half.

The Wildcats shot a blistering 59.3 percent from the field in the first half and forced the Lady Raiders into 10 turnovers. K-State was paced in the opening half by Dickey with 13 points, while Chambers added 11.

K-State has a quick turnaround, as the Wildcats host Oklahoma on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. — televised on Fox Sports Kansas City.

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