Strong Second Half Leads Lady Raiders Past Kansas, 68-51

Jordan Murphree scored 20 points to lead the Texas Tech women's basketball team to a 68-51 win over Kansas in Big 12 Conference action at the United Spirit Arena on Sunday.

The first half saw just two lead changes as Kansas (15-10/5-7 Big 12) scored the opening basket before Tech (16-10/4-8 Big 12) scored the next four points to take its first lead of the game at the 16:45 mark. The Jayhawks got up by as eight points at 28-20 as Monica Engelman hit a jumper with 4:23 remaining in the half. From there, the Lady Raiders outscored Kansas 11-4 to put the score at 32-31 in favor of the Jayhawks at the half.

The second half belonged to Tech as it started the first eight and half minutes on a 15-4 run to take a 10-point lead at 46-36 on a jumper by Jordan Barncastle. It marked the Lady Raiders' first double-digit lead of the game. The Jayhawks scored on their next possession as Aishah Sutherland nailed a shot at the 11:14 mark to cut Tech's lead to eight. That was the closest Kansas would get as the Lady Raiders jumped out to a 17-point lead, 62-45, when Ashlee Roberson hit 1-of-2 free throw attempts with 1:55 remaining in the game. Tech once again led by 17 points as Roberson hit a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left in the contest to give her team a 68-51 win.

Roberson finished with her third-straight double-double as she had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kierra Mallard, who returned to the court after missing four games due to a suspension, came off the bench to add 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Monique Smalls collected five assists for the Lady Raiders as well.

Engelman led Kansas with 18 points, while Sutherland recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards.

Next up for the Lady Raiders is a match-up with Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., on Wed., Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.

Courtesy: Texas Tech Athletics