BOWLING GREEN, KY. – Kierra Mallard recorded her third double-double of the season as she led Texas Tech with 19 points and 13 rebounds in the Lady Raiders' 70-60 win at Western Kentucky on Wednesday night.
Tech (12-1) jumped out to a 6-0 lead the first two and half minutes of the game before Western Kentucky (4-8) scored its first basket at 17:15.
With the Lady Raiders up 10-4, the Lady Toppers went on a 9-2 run to take their first lead of the game as Janae Howard hit a three-pointer at the 12:44 mark to put the score 13-12.
However, Tech responded by getting the lead back less than a minute later on a three-pointer by Jordan Barncastle and went up by as many as 13 at 31-18 with 3:37 to go in the half. During that span, Tech held the Lady Toppers scoreless for over five minutes, while Chynna Brown scored 12-straight points for Tech, the last points the Lady Raiders would score the first half. WKU went on a 10-0 run to close the half and cut Tech's lead to three at 31-28 at the break.
In the second half, the Lady Raiders scored the first two buckets as Mallard and Teena Wickett had back-to-back layups to give Tech a 35-28 advantage just two minutes into the half.
The Lady Toppers fought back and tied the game at 35-35 with 16:43 to go as Amy McNear hit a jumper. WKU got its second lead of the game on a layup by Keisha Mosley with 16:13 left in the game. The lead didn't last long as Tech came back to score the next eight points to take a 43-37 advantage with just over 13 minutes remaining.
Tech continued to lead over the course of the next six and half minutes before WKU took back the lead at 6:41 on a pair of free throws by Vanessa Obafemi, 52-51. The lead changed three more times, the last coming at 4:53 when Tech's Mallard knocked in two free throws to put the Lady Raiders ahead, 55-54.
The Lady Raiders led by as many as 10 points three times over the last minute and a half of play. Tech captured a 10-point win when Mallard made one of two free throws with 16 second left in the contest.
Brown came off the bench to finish with career highs of 16 points and eight rebounds. Wickett added 11 points and tied her career high of four steals. Wickett and sophomores Casey Morris and Monique Smalls all three collected five assists.
Mosley led WKU with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
For the fourth time this season, Tech shot over 50 percent from the field as it hit 51.9 percent (27-52) of its shots against the Lady Toppers. WKU shot 37.5 percent (21-56).
The Lady Raiders out rebounded WKU 39-31.
Tech concludes non-conference play with a home game against Houston Baptist on Mon., Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.
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