Kansas State, Texas Tech Eliminated From WNIT Super 16
Kansas State and Texas Tech were unable to advance from the Super 16 round of the Women’s NIT on Friday night.
The losses ensure that Kansas will be the only Big 12 team remaining in the WNIT.
Kansas (22-12) defeated Nebraska, 64-55, on Thursday to advance to the Great Eight round of the WNIT. So Texas Tech’s loss robbed the league of an All-Big 12 Great Eight matchup next week. The Lady Raiders (20-15) would have played the Jayhawks had they won on Friday.
Kansas will play Arkansas at 2 p.m. Sunday in Lawrence.
Texas Tech lost to Arkansas, 71-66, while Kansas State (19-17) fell to Washington, 55-48.
Texas Tech fell behind 18-12 in the first quarter but closed the cap in the second to tie the game at 28-28 at halftime. Arkansas sealed the game in the third quarter, outscoring Texas Tech by five points and then playing the Lady Raiders to a draw in the fourth quarter to protect the lead.
Guard Bre’Amber Scott had a huge game for Texas Tech, as she scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The only other Lady Raider in double figures was guard Katie Ferrell, who had 12 points.
Kansas State held the lead at halftime, 25-17. But Washington rallied in the third quarter, outscoring the Wildcats, 20-7, to take the lead.
Gabby Gregory led Kansas State with 21 points while Serena Sundell added 10 points.
Kansas is seeking to win the Big 12’s first WNIT title since Oklahoma State did it in 2012.
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