Jan. 14, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas – Holding on to a one-point lead with 18 seconds remaining, Kansas State pressured Texas Tech all over the floor as the Lady Raiders were unable to connect on three potential game-winning shots before time expired, giving the Wildcats a 62-61 victory over No. 10 Texas Tech on Saturday at United Spirit Arena.
K-State (13-3, 4-0), which has now won its first four conference games for the first time since the Big 12 Championship season of 2007-08, recorded its first road win over an AP Top-10 team since a victory at Iowa State on Jan. 2, 2002. Also, paired with their win over ninth-ranked Texas A&M on January 4, the Wildcats earned two victories over top-10 teams in the same season for the first time since 2002.
Senior Jalana Childs led Kansas State 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 three-point total to 201, becoming the fifth player in school history to record 200 or more three-point field goals.
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.
Kansas State led at the half, 37-27, but Texas Tech cut the K-State lead to four, 39-35, as Morris connected on a pair of three-point field goals on consecutive trips down the floor. K-State quickly bounced back, as Dickey registered a fast break layup and 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, 61-57, with 3:20 left, which forced the Wildcats to call a timeout.
But, due to K-State’s high-intensity on defense late in the game, the basket by Hyde 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 again as Morris missed a long three with two minutes left. On the other end, Childs was fouled with 1:43 remaining and made what proved to be the tying and game-winning free throws.
The Wildcats shot 53.2-percent from the floor for the contest 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.
Kansas State has a quick turnaround, as the Wildcats host Oklahoma on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Fans can take advantage of a special concessions promotion as a popcorn and two drinks will be available for $8. For ticket information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.
Tuesday night’s contest will be available on FS Kansas City and throughout the K-State Sports Network. Subscribers to K-StateHD.TV can tune in at 6:15 p.m., for K-State Gameday hosted by Brian Smoller and Danielle Zanotti.