Texas Tech’s struggles on the road continued Wednesday as they fell 79-68 to Iowa State at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
The loss made a chance at the postseason difficult. Tech (11-14, 3-10 Big 12) needs to win its last four games, including one on the road against Baylor, to finish with a winning record before the Big 12 tournament. Tech is currently in ninth place in the Big 12, one spot ahead of Kansas, which they host on Saturday.
It was the ninth straight loss for the Lady Raiders, who fell to 0-10 on the road this season.
Recee’ Caldwell started out with the hot hand, hitting her first three 3-pointers to five the Lady Raiders a 9-6 lead. Caldwell led Tech with 18 points and five assists.
But early turnovers, including five from Caldwell, gave Iowa State (14-11, 5-9 Big 12) the momentum it needed to take control.
Seanna Johnson hit a 3 with 3:34 remaining in the first quarter to tie the game 14-14 and then hit another that capped a 7-0 run to start the second.
That run gave Iowa State a lead it never relinquished. Tech pulled within 23-20 on a jumper from Ivonne CookTaylor, who also scored in double digits (13 points) with six minutes left in the half.
Again, the Cyclones went on a run. And it was again fueled by a Johnson 3, this time they pushed their lead to 30-22. And just before the half, stretched it to 10 on a Jadda Buckley 3-pointer.
Tech pulled within 70-65 late in the fourth quarter, but Iowa State made its free throws down the stretch — finishing 13 of 16 from the line — and held off the Lady Raiders.
Jada Terry was the third Tech player in double figures in scoring. She had 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Buckley and Bridget Carleton each had 20 points for Iowa State, which was 10 of 25 from 3-point range. Carleton led the Cyclones with 12 rebounds.
Johnson finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Lady Raiders return to the United Supermarkets Arena on Saturday for the Play4Kay Pink game when Tech hosts Kansas for a 2 p.m. tip.