LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team battled tough but fell short of completing the comeback against Kansas State on Wednesday night, falling, 86-79, at Bramlage Coliseum.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lady Raiders were led by Naje Murray, who scored a season high 26 points on a career high eight threes, along with five rebounds, four assists, a pair of steals and only one . Murray's eight threes were just one short of tying the school record of nine.
Vivian Gray had her 12th game of 20-points or more with 24 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Lexi Gordon added 12 points, four rebounds and an assist.
Texas Tech's 11 threes as a team tied a season high, and the Lady Raiders did a great job distributing the ball with 23 assists which were one short of a season high as well
Both teams had trouble scoring out of the gate, with each shooting 33 percent in the opening quarter. Gray had seven points to lead the Lady Raiders, while Gordon had five. Tech hit six-of-seven free throws in the opening 10 minutes, but the Wildcats led it, 19-15, after one.
The Lady Raiders improved their shooting numbers in the second quarter, hitting 40 percent from the field and draining a trio of threes. The Wildcats led by as many as 15 in the second, before Tech ran off eight unanswered that were capped by a pair of Murray triples; however, K-State would go into the locker room with a 44-30 lead
Led by 10 in the third quarter from Murray, the Lady Raiders were able to outscore the Wildcats, 32-26, in the frame and cut the deficit to eight. Murray hit three of her eight threes in the third quarter, while Gray had nine to get to 20 points before the final frame. Tech shot over 64 percent in the third, and held K-State to 6-of-18 shooting in the period.
Murray continued her hot shooting in the fourth quarter, dropping in another three from long range to help Texas Tech cut the deficit to as little as one with under two minutes to go. The Lady Raiders couldn't quite get over the hump though, as they were forced to foul late which allowed the Wildcats to pull away in the closing seconds.
The Lady Raiders will wrap up the regular season on Monday, March 1 when they travel to Norman, Okla., to face Oklahoma at 6 p.m.