LUBBOCK, TEXAS- The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team took its second overtime win of the season on Saturday, defeating Kansas, 99-98, on Senior Day at United Supermarkets Arena.
How it Happened:
The Lady Raiders were led by senior, Vivian Gray, as she set a new career best of 38 points (26 in the second half and overtime), along with 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Senior Lexi Gordon also helped to put the Lady Raiders on top with 14 points, which included three three-pointers—one of which was a big triple in the final seconds of regulation that would go on to force overtime.
Bryn Gerlich reached her career high of 12 points, along with two rebounds, six assists, a block and a career high four steals. Maka Jackson had an impressive Senior Day as well, posting 12 points, four assists and a steal. Naje Murray had seven points, five rebounds and five assists. All nine Lady Raiders to check into the game scored.
Texas Tech outrebounded Kansas, who entered the night as the second-leading rebounding team in the Big 12, by a clip of 38-37. The Lady Raiders outscored the Jayhawks in the paint, 52-36. In all the game had 20 lead changes and 14 ties, going back and forth much of the night.
In the first quarter, Gray led the way with 8 points, along with Jackson and Gordon's five apiece as the Lady Raiders played the Jayhawks to an 18-18 tie in the first 10 minutes of play. The Lady Raiders held the Jayhawks to 35.3 percent shooting from the floor in the first period.
Tech outscored the Jayhawks by three in the second period to take a 42-39 lead into the halftime locker room. All eight Lady Raiders to see action in the second quarter got on the scoreboard, led by Jackson's five points.
The teams continued to trade blows in the third quarter, combining for seven lead changes and five ties, with both teams leading by as many as five at one point in the frame; however, Kansas would take a five-point lead into the fourth quarter.
With Kansas on top, the Lady Raiders fought hard to take their lead back. Gray and Gerlich each scored double digits in the fourth period—Gray with 11 and Gerlich with 10—to help Tech climb back into the game. After Gray tied the game, Kansas responded with a three on the other end to take back an 89-86 lead with 35 seconds to go. It was there that Gordon stepped up big and hit her third three of the night to tie it back up and, after a stop on the defensive end, force overtime.
With everything on the line, the Lady Raiders came out in the first two minutes with a 10-0 run with contributions from Gray, Murray, and Gordon, putting the score at 99-89. Kansas crawled back into it with a 9-0 run of their own to cut it to one with seconds remaining, but the Lady Raiders pulled out the stop to finish off the win.
The Lady Raiders will be back on the court Wednesday in Manhattan, Kan., against Kansas State. Tech and the Wildcats are set to tip off at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+