Strong finish propels Kansas past Lady Raiders

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas guards Chandler Prater and Holly Kiersgieter scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, and the Jayhawks turned back Texas Tech 71-57 Saturday in Big 12 women's basketball.

Kansas (12-4, 3-3) weathered a 32-point performance by Tech forward Vivian Gray to snap a two-game losing streak. Tech (9-9, 2-5) has lost two in a row and four of its past five.

Gray's 32 points were a season high for the senior forward from Argyle. She scored 38 against Kansas last year in a game at United Supermarkets Arena.

Gray pulled Tech within 54-49 on a layup with 7:39 left, but Kansas made a 15-3 run over the next seven minutes during which five Jayhawks scored.

Ioanna Chatzileonti added 11 points for Kansas.

Gray finished 10 of 22 from the field and made 12 of 16 free throws. Rhyle McKinney was the Lady Raiders' next highest scorer with seven points. Khadija Faye and Taylah Thomas gathered nine and eight rebounds, respectively.

The Lady Raiders took their last lead on a Bryn Gerlich basket in the first minute of the second half. That made it 35-34, but the Jayhawks responded with an 8-0 run in which Aniya Thomas scored four points.

Kansas pushed the lead to 11 points twice late in the third quarter on baskets by Prater and Kiersgieter, the last making the score 54-43 as the period ended.

Tech women's tennis

Big 12 player of the week Margarita Skriabina ran her singles record to 5-0 this season, helping Texas Tech beat Texas-El Paso 5-0 and Abilene Christian University 4-0 on Friday at the McLeod Tennis Center.

Skriabina, a sophomore from Russia, beat her UTEP opponent 6-0, 6-0 and beat her ACU opponent 6-1, 6-0. The Lady Raiders' No. 1 singles player is 26-4 in her past 30 matches.

Olivia Peet and Metka Komac won the first doubles match against the Miners 6-0, and Camryn Stepp and Kailey Evans sealed the doubles point with a 6-1 victory.

Evans and Stepp again joined forces in the afternoon to down Andrea Guerrero and Eva Arranz 6-0. Komac and Peet sealed the doubles point for the Lady Raiders with a 6-3 victory.

Tech football

Brandon Bouyer-Randle
Brandon Bouyer-Randle

Texas Tech linebacker Brandon Bouyer-Randle, who played in 10 games this season as a reserve, has had his name placed into the NCAA transfer portal. On3Sports and Rivals reported the development Friday.

Bouyer-Randle came to Tech as a graduate transfer from Michigan State and completed master's degrees in sports management and business administration.

Bouyer-Randle spent two seasons with the Red Raiders. He was credited with 19 tackles, one tackle for loss and three pass breakups this season. In 2020, he played in eight games and was credited with 33 tackles, one sack and four pass breakups.

He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Texas Tech senior decisions

The following Texas Tech players who were seniors in 2021 have the option of playing another season in 2022. Here are decisions they've made in that regard:

Staying: LB Krishon Merriweather, S Marquis Waters, DB Adrian Frye.

Leaving: QB Henry Colombi (transferring to Marshall), C Dawson Deaton (declared for NFL draft), OL Casey Verhulst (no longer playing football), IR Dalton Rigdon (no longer playing football), DL Nelson Mbanasor (in NCAA transfer portal), LB Brandon Bouyer-Randle (in NCAA transfer portal), K Jonathan Garibay (declared for NFL draft).

Pending: DL Devin Drew, DL Troy Te'o, LB Kosi Eldridge, LB Matthew Young, RB-KR Chadarius Townsend.

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech roundup: Strong finish helps Kansas top Lady Raiders

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