By Charlsie Craig
The Kansas State University Lady Cats fell to the NO. 9 Texas Tech Raiders, 74-68. Top performers in the game were Breanna Lewis from KSU and Rayven Brooks from TTU. Lewis ended the game with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Brooks came out with 26 points, 5 assists, and 1 steal. KSU, with a field goal average of 40%, struggled to keep up with Texas. This loss leaves the Cats at 15-9, which now places them at NO. 6 in the Big 12.
Halftime Thoughts: The game started off slow but picked up with 10 minutes left in first half. With Texas Tech in full court defense it was difficult for the Lady Cats to drive in. Pressuring KSU was Texas Techs’ key to win this game. Freshman Shaelyn Martin fought with all of her energy and effort, earning herself two charges. To win this game the Lady Cats needed to start making shots, keep up the momentum, and play as a team.
Game-Defining Event: At 1:20 left in the second half, a crucial call was made for KSU after the ball went off court. The referees had to decide who would have the ball. Luckily, the referees ruled in the Lady Cats favor. With this call, KSU was able to make a clean play and add two more points on the board. The shot was taken by Haley Texada, making the score 61-60.
Up Next: On Wednesday, February 18, the Cats will travel to Austin, Texas to face the NO. 7 Lady Longhorns. The Cats recently played Texas at Bramlage Coliseum and came out with a 66-57 win. Currently the Lady Longhorns are 16-8 for the season. The key to winning will be to put more points in the paint, fast break, and have little to no turnovers. Tip off is a 7 PM.