Kansas State Edges Texas Tech, 72-65

Kansas State Edges Texas Tech, 72-65

The Lady Raiders fell to last place in the Big 12 after losing 72-65 to Kansas State on Tuesday at United Spirit Arena. A career night by Amber Battle kept Texas Tech in the game, but the Wildcats proved to be too much.

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders remain unable to find a win in Big 12 play after falling to Kansas State 72-65 Tuesday night at United Spirit Arena.

Amber Battle was on fire finishing with a career-high 32 points. The last time a Lady Raider scored over 30 points was Patrice Edwards in 2007. Battle also grabbed five rebounds. Lady Raider head coach Candy Whitaker said Battle executed almost every opportunity given to her.

"To my memory every time but one that we called her number she scored," Whitaker said. "She stepped up huge and found a way to get to the line which she needs to do and just did a great job offensively.

The Lady Raiders (6-10, 0-5) went through good stretches on both offense and defense but could not hold up for the complete 40 minutes. Kansas State gained momentum at the beginning by building a 10-point lead, its largest of the game. The top scorers for Kansas State (7-9, 1-4) were Leticia Romero with 21 and Ashia Woods with 14.

Texas Tech freshman guard Minta Spears produced 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. The two makes from behind the arc were her firstin Big 12 play and brought her out of her slump being the first in the last 25 attempts.

Texas Tech is now 0-5 in conference play and is the only winless team in the Big 12.

"I thought we did a lot of good things. I have to figure out how we can maintain our intensity and execution for 40 minutes," Whitaker said. "We are a work in progress and we will keep working."

The Lady Raiders will next take on No. 11 Oklahoma State (15-1, 4-1) 1 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater.

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