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Lady Raiders, Wildcats meet for second time this season

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The Texas Tech women's basketball team hits the road this weekend for its second matchup this season with Kansas State at 2 p.m., Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.

The game will be broadcast on FOX College Sports Pacific.

Tech (6-18, 0-13 Big 12) will have a seven-day break following Saturday's game against the Wildcats. The Lady Raiders fell just short of late comeback vs. No. 4 Baylor on Wednesday.

Freshman guard Jasmine Caston came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points against the Lady Bears while freshman Minta Spears and junior Amber Battle added 14 and 13 points, respectively.

"I told Jas after the game that I thought she played fearless," Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. "She was ready to make plays and she stepped up and did that for her team. She was moving well defensively and battling on the rebound with two hands and did a great job."

That type of bench play and defensive help could help turn another Big 12 road trip into a win for Tech on Saturday. The Lady Raiders played Kansas State close in the their first meeting on Jan. 14 in Lubbock, before the Wildcats escaped with a seven-point win.

This season's first meeting is right on par with the last few years in this series. The last eight meetings between the two programs have been decided by nine points or less – twice needing overtime to decide a winner.

K-State (9-14, 3-9) has relied heavily on the play of freshman guard Leticia Romero. She leads the team in points (14.2), assists (4.6), rebounds (5.7), steals (1.7), 3-point field goal percentage (.375), free throws (83 of 104) and minutes played (31.2).

Romero scored 21 points in the first meeting against Tech and was 8 of 9 from the field.

"I think we have to be aggressive," Whitaker said. "I think the most aggressive team will win – on both ends of the floor. We have to be able to get to the rim, attack them in the post and be able to go inside against them. Defensively, we have to be play them aggressively and get up the floor."

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