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Amber Battle led Texas Tech with 15 points on Saturday at Kansas.(Photo by Jeff Jacobsen)
Jan. 11, 2014
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Texas Tech junior guard Amber Battle scored 15 points but Tech could not overcome a large deficit as Kansas won 67-46 on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Tech (6-9, 0-4 Big 12) battled early on in the game but struggled with rebounds and on its shots as the Jayhawks (8-8, 1-3) shot 46 percent from the field and won the battle of the boards 52-25.
Battle scored in double digits for the 13th time this season. It was her 11th game with 15 points or more.
"I thought we got some good looks and got to the rim," Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. "The shots just didn't go."
It truly was a game of runs in the first half. After the game was tied at 10-10 with 14:55 left, Kansas took the first opportunity with a 9-0 run while Tech went on a shooting drought that lasted 5:16. Then the Lady Raiders bounced back with an 11-4 lead to cut it to two points - 23-21 with 5:34 left.
But KU found another burst and ended the half on an 8-1 run to take a 31-22 lead into the break.
That would carry over into the second half as the Jayhawks started the final 20 minutes with a 14-0 run while Tech went 12:05 without a field goal, giving Kansas as much as a 28-point lead with seven minutes to play.
The Lady Raiders' defense and ball control showed improvements from earlier in the season. Tech gave up only eight turnovers - a season low - while forcing 18 KU turnovers that helped produce 13 points.
"We did a much better job of taking care of the ball," Whitaker said. "Kansas is a team that will pressure a little bit. That's going to be huge for us later if we can take care of the ball and get shots at the basket."
Tech now turns its attention to Kansas State (6-9, 0-4) for their matchup Tuesday night in Lubbock on FOX Sports Southwest Plus. The Lady Raiders and Wildcats will tip off at 7:07 p.m. at United Spirit Arena.