In a must-win game for the Lady Raiders to keep NCAA Tournament hopes alive, defense and three-point shooting drove Texas Tech to a 78-68 win over Kansas State.
The Lady Raiders took control of this game from the start. Kansas State could never truly answer any bucket or run Texas Tech had. After one quarter, Texas Tech held a 18-13 lead and never trailed again.
While the Wildcats grew close on multiple occasions, key buckets from players such as Bryn Gerlich, Jasmine Shavers, Bailey Maupin, and Bre’Amber Scott made it impossible for Kansas State mount a true comeback.
The keys to the Lady Raiders’ success today were outside shooting and defense. The team shot 42% from beyond the arc, led by senior Bryn Gerlich, who finished with five made three-points baskets and 16 points overall.
Others to contribute on that front were Bailey Maupin, who hit 2-3 from behind the arc and finished with 16 points as well and Bre’Amber Scott who, after a quiet first half, hit two huge three pointers down the stretch and finished with a team-high 18 points.
The other main key to victory today was team defense. The Lady Raiders held Kansas State to 20% shooting behind the three-point line and 42% overall for the game. The Lady Raiders also forced 18 turnovers, with Katie Ferrell and Bailey Maupin leading Texas Tech with two steals a piece.
The Lady Raiders will return to action in Austin on Wednesday against Texas looking for a second win of the season against Texas.