Patterson, Baker Score 14 in 59-50 Victory

The Lady Raiders bounced back following a tough loss to Iowa State on Saturday inside the USA with a 59-50 victory against Kansas State.

Since scoring a career-high 16 points against New Orleans on November 25, junior Jackie Patterson has not reached double-digits in scoring this season, including no points scored in the Lady Raiders loss to Iowa State.

On Wednesday, it was a different story for the Frisco, Texas native, Patterson connecting on 6-of-11 shots for 14 points in Texas Tech's 59-50 victory against Kansas State inside the United Spirit Arena.

"Yeah just a little bit," Patterson said about finding a groove against the Wildcats. "I felt good about all my shots that I took tonight."

Kansas State (10-5, 1-2 in Big 12 Conference play) opened the game on an 8-0 run, but the rest of the first half was a different story.

Tech (12-3, 2-1) proceeded to rattle off a 24-7 run in the span of 13 minutes and 47 seconds to give the Lady Raiders a 24-15 lead with 2:50 left in the first half.

During that span Kansas State missed 18 shots, eight of those being from beyond the arc. The Wildcats finished the game going 15-for-49 from the field and 5-for-22 from three-point range.

Senior guard Brittany Chambers, entering the game as the Wildcats biggest scoring threat averaging 18.9 points per game, finished with 15 points and said it was frustrating with as many shots that were missed.

"We missed way too many open shots and especially on in and outs and we were missing some easy shots that we should be putting in," she said. "But that it happens on the road sometimes things don't go the way you want them to and you have to find a way to score in different ways and the first half we didn't really doing that and I felt like if we would have played the first half like the second half it would have been a lot better but credit goes to Tech they played really well in the first half."

Along with Patterson, junior Kelsi Baker reached double-digits in scoring 14 points marking the 10th time in the last 12 games the junior has done so.

Baker also provided help on the defensive end getting a steal and a block and also drawing a number of fouls.

Two of the five starters for the Wildcats did not finish the game above five points for either or on the court for the final seconds because of foul trouble.

Guard's Mariah White and Ashia Woods both finishing below their season averages, four and two points, respectively, and Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson said that contributed to her squad dealing with both Baker and Patterson.

"Obviously Kelsi Baker and Jackie Patterson were critical elements down the stretch with big catches and mismatches," she said. "Once we had three players with four fouls, so it got a little tougher to defend and to be as aggressive as might of hoped, credit Texas Tech I think they are a basketball team that is going to make a lot of noise in the league and hopefully we can bounce back from this and go home against West Virginia and be a little bit better."

Following a game where the Lady Raiders only shot 29.8 percent from the field, Tech shot for 39.2 percent.
The biggest improvement came in the play of the posts, Baker and Patterson, who combined to score just six points against Iowa State, but scored 28 against the Wildcats.

Tech head coach Kristy Curry said she was happy with the improved play of the posts.

"We worked and reworked and got a couple of extra finishes and they continued to just try and go up strong and try and finish inside," she said. "When you can get the ball inside to your posts good things are going to happen outside and so we want to have and inside outside approach and I felt like we did a good job of that tonight."

The next test for the Lady Raiders is on the road against Oklahoma on January 12 with first tip set for 7 p.m. in Norman, Oklahoma.

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