LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 23/21 Kansas overcame a 12-point first half deficit to take a second-half lead, but Texas Tech’s Chynna Brown fired in 14 second-half points to hand the Jayhawks their third-straight loss, 70-63, Saturday night at United Spirit Arena.
Sophomore Chelsea Gardner paced Kansas (11-5 overall, 2-3 in the Big 12 Conference) with a team-best 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Monica Engelman scored 12 and Carolyn Davis chipped in 11. Texas Tech (14-4, 4-2) was led by Brown’s 20 points and Casey Morris’ 16, in which 15 came in the first half.
Gardner continued her hot scoring in the second half with six of KU’s first eight points, as KU opened the final frame with an 8-2 run to close the deficit to 43-41 with 17:11 left. Kansas took its first lead of the game, at the 12:13 mark, following five-straight points by Angel Goodrich, her first of the game. Texas Tech’s Brown took the game over offensively and scored 10-straight Lady Raider points to give them the lead, 53-48, 8:54 left.
The Jayhawks clawed back to within two points, but Goodrich’s running layup with 51 seconds left hit the front of the rim and KU was unable to force a tie. Texas Tech countered with a 5-for-6 effort from the foul line down the stretch to seal the 70-63 win. In the final 80 seconds, Kansas missed its last three field goal and free throw attempts and had a turnover.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 9-2 lead, including five points by Christine Hyde, and forced Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson to call a timeout at the 17:31 mark. The Jayhawks responded, as Gardner, who checked in at the break, scored back-to-back baskets to close the gap, 11-6. The Lady Raiders extended the lead, 21-10, with 10-straight points by Morris and then KU’s Davis picked up her second personal foul and immediately added her third when she slammed the ball on the ground in frustration.
With Davis on the bench, the Jayhawks were able to cut into the lead and trailed 41-33 at the half. Gardner paced KU in the first half with 10 points, while Engelman added eight and Natalie Knight seven. Davis played eight minutes in the first frame and Goodrich was scoreless while shooting 0-for-6 from the field. Knight finished the game with nine points and Goodrich collected seven on 3-for-15 shooting.
Kansas will return to action Wednesday against Texas at Allen Fieldhouse. The game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m., and will be the first contest of a three-game homestand for the Jayhawks.