Kansas falls to Texas Tech on the road, 75-60

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LUBBOCK, Texas –  Kansas women’s basketball led by as many as 11 in the second meeting with Texas Tech, but the Lady Raiders capitalized on multiple KU scoring droughts in the second half to even the 2017 series with a 75-60 TTU victory on Saturday afternoon inside United Supermarkets Arena. 
Kansas (8-18, 2-13 Big 12) jumped out to a hot start and immediately took the lead after shooting 50 percent from the field in the opening 10 minutes. KU maintained its lead, which grew to double figures in the first half, for more than 22 minutes before a cold-shooting spell slowed KU’s momentum in the final minutes of the third quarter. Texas Tech (13-14, 4-11 Big 12) took advantage of KU’s scoreless streaks to mount a come-from-behind victory after outscoring the Jayhawks, 47-27, in the second half.
Redshirt junior guard Jessica Washington led all scorers for the ninth time in Big 12 Conference action after pouring in 22 points behind an 8-for-16 effort from the field. Washington has posted double figures in 20 games this season, including nine contests with 20 or more points. Sophomore guard Jayde Christopher added a career-high 10 points, while also registering six rebounds and five assists.
Redshirt senior guard Ivonne Cook-Taylor netted in 21 points to lead the Lady Raiders’ offense on Saturday afternoon. She finished the day shooting 8-of-13 from the floor with seven rebounds and three steals. Sophomore guard Recee’ Caldwell and junior guard Larryn Brooks each ended the game with 12 points. Brooks connected on 7-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe.
Early on in the ballgame, Kansas trailed the Lady Raiders, 4-1, but its deficit wouldn’t last long. KU caught fire from the 3-point line and took the lead, 10-4, after Christopher and Washington combined for three-straight makes from beyond the arc. Texas Tech cut KU’s lead to one possession before the Jayhawks soared back ahead with the help two more makes from the 3-point line. After shooting 50 percent (5-for-10) from beyond the arc, Kansas ended the opening period with a 22-13 lead over the Lady Raiders. Washington connected on all three of her attempts from long range and led the Jayhawks with nine points in the opening 10 minutes.
After holding Texas Tech scoreless for the first few minutes of the second quarter, the Lady Raiders stormed back to make it a one possession game with an 11-3 run. Sophomore guard Aisia Robertson slowed TTU halfway through the second period with a layup, as Kansas maintained its lead, 27-24. Coming out of the timeout, senior guard Tineka O’Neal struck from the 3-point, KU’s sixth triple of the first half, igniting KU’s offense and doubling the Jayhawks’ advantage late in the quarter. Despite being held scoreless for the final two minutes of the half, the Jayhawks headed into intermission with a 33-28 lead over the Lady Raiders.
Kansas’ offense shot 33 percent in the opening half, including a 7-of-18 (.390) mark from long range. Washington led the offensive charge in the first half with 10 points behind a 3-for-4 effort from the 3-point line. Defensively, the Jayhawks forced 13 turnovers and converted 12 points off of the TTU turnovers.
The second half started out slow for the Jayhawks, converting just six points in the first four minutes. While Kansas was having a hard time getting its shot to fall, the Lady Raiders were able to make a run and come within one of KU. Back and for shots from each team tied the game, 39-39, halfway through the third quarter, but senior forward Caelynn Manning-Allen sparked five unanswered points for the Jayhawks with a 3-point play the old fashioned way and Kansas surged ahead, 44-39, with 4:26 to play in the period. With 3:50 to play, the Lady Raiders drained a 3-pointer, sparking an 8-0 run, to take its first lead since the opening minutes of the ballgame. TTU continued to roll in the final minutes of the third quarter and took a 55-47 lead into the final 10 minutes.
Washington opened the fourth period with a jumper at the elbow, but KU’s offense went scoreless for the next three minutes as the Lady Raiders continued to press on in the waning minutes of the contest. Christopher ended the scoring drought with a triple, just the second make of the quarter for Kansas. With just over four minutes to play, Texas Tech owned a 62-52 lead over the Jayhawks. The Lady Raiders outscored KU 13-8 in the final minutes of the game, making a comeback impossible for the Jayhawks. After outscoring KU, 47-27, in the final 20 minutes, Texas Tech evened the series with a 75-60 victory.

Kansas returns to Allen Fieldhouse for its regular-season finale against Iowa State on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Tipoff for the second matchup with the Cyclones is slated for 7 p.m., on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.

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