LAWRENCE, Kan. — Texas Tech was plagued by another bucket-less stretch Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse, but the Lady Raiders’ drought didn’t come from poor shot selection.
Shots just weren’t falling for the Lady Raiders as Kansas claimed its first Big 12 win over the Lady Raiders 67-46.
Coming in, Texas Tech was focused on defending the Jayhawks in the paint, particularly Chelsea Gardner, a 6-foot-3 Texan averaging nearly 16 points a game.
Kansas ended up outscoring Tech down low 26-24, but it wasn’t all Gardner’s doing as her playing time was limited due to foul trouble.
She ended up leading her team in scoring with 16 points.
Two other Jayhawks finished in double figures — CeCe Harper and Natalie Knight with 14 and 13 points, respectively, as Kansas (8-8, 1-3 in the Big 12) finished hitting 46 percent from the field.
The Lady Raiders (6-9, 0-4) lost their fifth game in a row since winning their first two games at the World Vision Classic in Lubbock. They started out strong on Saturday but hit another dry spell five minutes into the first half.
An Amber Battle jumper capped an 11-4 run by Texas Tech that closed a Jayhawk lead to 23-21 just over five minutes left in the first half.
During that stretch, the Lady Raiders forced three turnovers while only committing one.
After that point, Tech went cold.
After Battle’s bucket with 5:34 left in the first half, the Lady Raiders didn’t net a field goal again until the 13:29 mark in the second half, going 12:05 without a bucket and falling behind 48-25.
During that drought for Texas Tech, Kansas erupted on a 23-6 run to put the Lady Raiders away early in the second half.
Tech finished shooting 29 percent from the floor.
Eight of the 10 Lady Raiders who played scored, led by Battle with 15, her 13th double-digit scoring outing of the season.
The Jayhawks owned the glass 52-25, scoring 17 points off their 17 offensive boards.
Tech improved to eight turnovers on the game while forcing 18 KU turnovers.
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