LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Girl Raider basketball crew battled robust however fell wanting finishing the comeback in opposition to Kansas State on Wednesday evening, falling, 86-79, at Bramlage Coliseum.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Girl Raiders had been led by Naje Murray, who scored a season excessive 26 factors on a profession excessive eight threes, together with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, a pair of steals and just one . Murray’s eight threes had been only one wanting tying the varsity document of 9.
Vivian Gray had her 12th sport of 20-points or extra with 24 factors, six rebounds, 4 assists and two steals. Lexi Gordon added 12 factors, 4 rebounds and an help.
Texas Tech’s 11 threes as a crew tied a season excessive, and the Girl Raiders did an awesome job distributing the ball with 23 assists which had been one wanting a season excessive as nicely
Each groups had bother scoring out of the gate, with every capturing 33 p.c within the opening quarter. Grey had seven factors to guide the Girl Raiders, whereas Gordon had 5. Tech hit six-of-seven free throws within the opening 10 minutes, however the Wildcats led it, 19-15, after one.
The Girl Raiders improved their capturing numbers within the second quarter, hitting 40 p.c from the sphere and draining a trio of threes. The Wildcats led by as many as 15 within the second, earlier than Tech ran off eight unanswered that had been capped by a pair of Murray triples; nevertheless, Okay-State would go into the locker room with a 44-30 lead.
Led by 10 within the third quarter from Murray, the Girl Raiders had been in a position to outscore the Wildcats, 32-26, within the body and reduce the deficit to eight. Murray hit three of her eight threes within the third quarter, whereas Grey had 9 to get to twenty factors earlier than the ultimate body. Tech shot over 64 p.c within the third, and held Okay-State to 6-of-18 capturing within the interval.
Murray continued her scorching capturing within the fourth quarter, dropping in one other three from lengthy vary to assist Texas Tech reduce the deficit to as little as one with beneath two minutes to go. The Girl Raiders could not fairly recover from the hump although, as they had been pressured to foul late which allowed the Wildcats to drag away within the closing seconds.
The Girl Raiders will wrap up the common season on Monday, March 1 after they journey to Norman, Okla., to face Oklahoma at 6 p.m.