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Kansas claims first Big 12 win

Texas Tech was plagued by another bucket-less stretch Saturday

Posted: January 11, 2014 - 10:38pm  |  Updated: January 12, 2014 - 1:36am
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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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could not

This group of under achievers could not throw the ball into the Gulf if they were a mile from shore. I see the two @ 6'5" played a total of 24 minutes, scored 2 points and pulled down a whopping total of 2 rebounds. How do you get out rebounded by 27, 11 offensive, when you are missing shots? Either the coach hasn't figured it out yet or the talent level is just above zero! How the mighty have fallen......

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I remember the days when we

I remember the days when we use to beat Kansas by 30. And that was at their place. I miss the days when we were battling Iowa st. and Texas for the top spot. These days we're just trying to stay out of the cellar. With the exception of a couple of players, the team's performances are pathetic. If we're lacking experience why not go and pick up 1or 2 juco players? Coach Sharp brought in some good juco players that could actually play and kept us competitive. Hope this coach can recruit. And if you bring in height please make sure they can do something besides standing around looking like they are lost.

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You two obviously are not supporters of TTU

You both know the composition of ythis teamm is a product of Curry's inability to recruit.

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peter

For your information i'm a football season ticket holder and attend the big 12 bb tourneys so I am entitled to my opinion. So get over it.

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no one said you were not entitled

it is just so ludicrous you should be embarrassed. do not worry about me, i will not lose any sleep over it.

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Sad

Just a sad sad time for womens BB. I couldn't tell you right now who we might beat in Conference play. Will take years to recover not to mention regain attendance. Coach Candi is certainly over her head. Still very disappointed that Tech did not open the checkbook and try and get some kind of a big name when Curry and Co. bolted. Not like that is real big dollars for a BB coach. The attitude that these aren't "her" recruits might hold a little water but heck..at least be competitive. The overall game atmosphere and coaching during games is lacking. It's alright to admit Tech blew this hire but don't let it go on and on. They tried to catch lightning again like the football team hopefully did with KK and it has backfired. Here's hoping for a miracle turnaround from Coach Candi..

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same tired excuses

You win; good coaching and good recruits that came in. When you lose, it's the other coach that left the cupboard bare and their fault for the losses. There are 5 upperclassmen on this team and one sophomore, however, 2 are @6'5" and not worth much. There are 3 true Freshmen, recruited by the present coach that aren't much either. Guess there is enough fault and excuses to go around.

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And when we are winning again

y'all will find something else to complain about. So predictable and boring you two are. Patience.

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