K-State Advances With Victory over Lady Raiders
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 03/11/2010
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (k-statesports.com) - Taelor Karr recorded her first career double-double and hit a key three-pointer late in the game as Kansas State advanced in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Championship with a 59-51 win over Texas Tech Thursday in first-round action.

With the win, the Wildcats improved to 14-17 on the season and advanced to face top-seeded and undefeated Nebraska Friday morning. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. at Municipal Auditorium. Texas Tech fell to 17-14 following the loss.

Karr finished the afternoon with 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while two other Wildcats finished in double figure scoring. Kari Kincaid finished with 14 points and hit several free throws late to ice the win, and Jalana Childs had 11.

With K-State holding a 26-20 lead at half, Texas Tech closed the margin to 28-24 in the early stages of the second half. But, a Karr three and a Childs layup upped the lead back to nine at 33-24 and forced a Tech timeout with 16:20 remaining. K-State maintained its nine-point advantage into the under-12:00 media timeout as Branshea Brown found Karr under the basket for a layup for a 39-30 lead.

Tech kept the game close as four straight points cut the Wildcat lead to 39-34 until Kincaid nailed a three at the 6:15 mark to give the Cats a seven-point advantage at 45-38. The Red Raiders would get within two following a Kierra Mallard layup and another basket following a steal cut the margin to 47-45.

But, that's where Karr stepped up as her three with 1:46 left put the Cats up by five at 50-45. Then, Sweat's first field goal of the game came at a big moment as her layup with :55 left extended the margin to 52-45 and secured the win. Sweat finished the game with five points.

The Wildcats hit their first three three-point attempts of the game to take an early 9-2 lead as Chambers, Karr and Kincaid all hit on attempts. After Tech clawed its way back to within three at 13-10, the Cats answered with six straight as a Childs layup and a Karr three from the top of the key upped the lead to 19-10.

K-State led by as many as 10 in the first half at 20-10 and 26-16, but the Red Raiders ended the half with four straight points to close within 26-20. The Wildcats held Tech to just 30 percent shooting in the first half and held a six-point advantage at the half despite Sweat just recording one first-half point.

Ashlee Roberson led Texas Tech with 13 points.

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