Kansas St. 62, No. 10 Texas Tech 61

Kierra Mallard gave an all-out effort for the No. 10Texas Tech.

It wasn’t good enough.

Mallard scored 18 points Saturday but the Lady Raiders fell

short against Kansas State, 62-61.

”I thought she did a great job of wanting the ball,” Texas

Tech coach Kristy Curry said. ”We’ve got to put 40 minutes of it

together from all 12 Lady Raiders whether on the bench or the

floor.”

The Lady Raiders had a chance with 6.6 seconds left after a jump

ball. But Monique Smalls missed a short jumper as time expired.

Texas Tech has lost two in a row.

“We got two great looks, probably got fouled twice. Got two more

great looks on the inbounds and what do you do?” Curry said. ”You

just hope it goes in.”

Mallard said the Lady Raiders must start faster.

”We can’t just come in the second half and try to win the

game,” Mallard, the team’s leading scorer. ”It starts in the

first half.”

Jalana Childs scored 23 points to lead Kansas State.

Childs scored seven of the Wildcats’ last nine points to erase

Texas Tech’s 58-53 lead. She hit two free throws with 1:43 left to

put Kansas State (13-3, 4-0) up for the first time since 43-40

earlier in the half.

Christine Hyde and Morris scored 10 each. The win gave the

Wildcats their first 4-0 start since winning the regular season Big

12 title in 2007-08.

Texas Tech made 9 of 17 free throws, while Kansas State shot 9

for 12.

For much of the game Kansas State ran the shot clock down to

fewer than 10 seconds, reducing the Lady Raiders’ possessions and

forcing them to play defense.

The Lady Raiders opened the second half on 16-6 run, including

back-to-back 3-pointers by Casey Morris to tie it at 43, to

overcome a 10-point halftime deficit – their largest this season.

They went ahead for the first time since early in the game on a

shot by Mallard and steadily pulled ahead, getting their largest

lead at 58-53.

The Wildcats lost Tasha Dickey, who finished with 17 points,

when she fouled out with Texas Tech leading 58-55. Branshea Brown

made a key bucket to pull Kansas State within 61-60. Childs then

hit two free throws.