No. 13 Lady Raiders Beat Oklahoma St. 58-53 to Open Big-12 Play|
No. 13 Texas Tech held off Oklahoma State, 58-53 for its first Big 12 win this season.
Jan. 4, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Kierra Mallard had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 13 Texas Tech remain undefeated with a 58-53 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Mallard grabbed a crucial offensive rebound after a pair of missed free throws with Texas Tech leading by only three with 11 seconds to play.
Casey Morris made two free throws seconds later to seal the win.
Oklahoma State (8-2, 0-1 Big 12) trailed by eight points early in the second half, but the Cowgirls held Texas Tech (13-0, 1-0) to one basket over the next 8 minutes for a 39-34 lead.
Texas Tech took the lead for good with 3:30 to play on a 3-pointer by Mary Bokenkamp. Oklahoma State pulled within a point with 15 seconds left before a pair of free throws by Monique Smalls gave the Lady Raiders their three-point lead.
Kendra Suttles led Oklahoma State with 13 points.
SPOTLIGHT ON: TEXAS TECH BENCH
In the Lady Raiders' 58-53 win over Oklahoma State, 19 of the total points came from the bench. The Lady Raiders have been thriving off of their depth and adaptability as of late, and it will come in handy in the middle of Big 12 Conference play. Tech was boosted by 3-pointers delivered at key moments by senior Jordan Barncastle, who hit 2-of-4 from the arch, had 3-of-6 field goals, and was 1-of-2 behind the free throw line.
"I think our depth and versatility are the two main keys that make us successful," said Barncastle after the game. "Coach Curry always says `You gotta be ready when the number's called.'"
Assisting Barncastle off the bench was junior Mary Bokenkamp, who was 2-of-3 behind the arch, each of her shots igniting the crowd in a game that grew intense and back-and-forth as regulation wound down.
"I thought that Mary was very ready tonight, mentally and physically," continued Barncastle. "I think she came in and had big plays for us." Bokenkamp was also 2-of-4 from the field, and contributed six points in her 10 minutes on the court.