Big 12 Basketball

Kansas, Texas Tech Win Second-Round WNIT Games

Texas Tech's Bailey Maupin.

Kansas and Texas Tech both claimed victories in the Women’s NIT on Monday night, securing the Big 12 two berths in the Round of 16 later this week.

Kansas State will try and make it three Big 12 teams in that round on Tuesday. The Wildcats will host Wyoming.

Kansas (21-11) defeated arch-rival Missouri (18-13), 75-47, while Texas Tech (20-14) defeated former Southwest Conference rival SMU (17-13), 61-49.

 

The Jayhawks, who hosted at Allen Fieldhouse, left little doubt where the game was going by halftime, as they took a 55-30 lead. To finish off the Tigers, the Jayhawks outscored them, 16-6, in the third quarter.

All five Kansas starters were in double figures in scoring. Zakiyah Franklin led the way with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Wyvette Mayberry had 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Taiyanna Jackson had 14 points and eight rebounds. Holly Kersgieter and Chandler Prater each had 12 points, as Kansas shot 51 percent overall and 50 percent from the 3-point line.

Texas Tech also hosted and had a little more trouble with SMU, even though the Lady Raiders had a 31-20 halftime lead. The Mustangs outscored Texas Tech 18-12 in the third quarter to cut the lead to five points. But Texas Tech pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Bailey Maupin, a freshman, came off the bench to score 21 points for the Lady Raiders, including a 7-fot-8 game from the free-throw line. Bre’Amber Scott had 11 points and Bryn Gerlich added 10 points.

Kansas advances to face Nebraska while Texas Tech will face either Arkansas or Stephen F. Austin, a game played on Monday night.

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