Texas Tech Falls at K-State, 68-62|
March 2, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Senior guard Chynna Brown scored 22 points but Texas Tech could not find an answer for Kansas State guard Brittany Chambers who led the Wildcats with 31 points in their 68-62 win on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.
Tech (21-8, 11-6 Big 12) hit 48 percent from the field (25 of 52) and tallied just 11 turnovers – its fourth consecutive game with 11 turnovers or less.
Brown scored 20 points or more for the third consecutive game and seventh time this season. She’s scored in double figures 17 times in the last 18 games and 21 total this season, averaging 16.6 points in Big 12 Conference Play.
Tech found itself down 21-11 with 13:21 to play in the first half when Brown and junior forward Kelsi Baker helped Tech take its first lead. He duo scored 17 of 18 consecutive points for the Lady Raiders as they finished the half on a 20-9 run to take the 31-30 lead at the break.
Kansas State (13-15, 5-12) came up with a big run of its own in the second half just minutes after Tech had taken a 42-37 lead – its largest of the game. Chambers and Brianna Craig hit three consecutive threes to jump start a 22-8 run that would give the Wildcats a 62-52 lead with less than four minutes to go.
The loss by Tech and loss by Iowa State to TCU on Saturday keeps the two teams tied for second place and just one game ahead of Oklahoma (20-9, 10-7) who travels to Lubbock to play Tech at 7 p.m. Monday.
A win over Oklahoma assures Tech of at least a share of second place in the Big 12 and no less than the third seed in the Big 12 Championship in Dallas, which begins Friday at American Airlines Center.
The Lady Raiders will have a postgame celebration for its five seniors – Monique Smalls, Chynna Brown, Mary Bokenkamp, Casey Morris and Christine Hyde.