The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are left still looking for their first Big 12 win.
Against a middling Kansas team – sitting at 10-11 and 3-6 in conference play – Texas Tech saw one of its best chances to get off the mat. They fell, however, 70-62, to the Jayhawks at the United Spirit Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Kansas forward Chelsea Gardner dominated the contest, leading all game scorers with 34 points and grabbing 12 rebounds; 24 of those points came in the first half. Guard Natalie Knight contributed 14 points – including shooting 3-for-3 from beyond the arc – and backcourt mate CeCe Harper dished out nine assists to go with her 11 points.
Texas Tech had its best statistical performance from forward Amber Battle, who had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Guard Minta Spears (13 points) and bench contributor Marina Lizarazu (11 points) were also major contributors to the Lady Raider effort. Center Haley Schneider made the most unexpected impact, blocking six shots in a 20-minute effort.
Under first-year head coach Candace Whitaker, Texas Tech is now positioned at 6-15 and has lost each of their 10 Big 12 games. The Lady Raiders now prepare to play Texas in Austin on Tuesday night.
Whitaker was quick to praise her players' effort thus far this season in spite of the win-loss record. "I'm proud that they continue to fight and continue to work and haven't given up…in that department, I'd give them an A," she said in the postgame press conference.
The Lady Raiders will have to continue fighting on, hopefully taking the lessons of this season along with them, along with the individual games they have played thus far.
Kansas Tops Lady Raiders, 70-62
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