LUBBOCK, Texas -- Kierra Mallard had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help Texas Tech (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) remain undefeated with a 58-53 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Mallard grabbed a crucial offensive rebound after a pair of missed free throws with Texas Tech leading by only three with 11 seconds to play.Casey Morris made two free throws seconds later to seal the win.Oklahoma State (8-2, 0-1 Big 12) trailed by eight points early in the second half, but the Cowgirls held Texas Tech (13-0, 1-0) to one basket over the next 8 minutes for a 39-34 lead.Texas Tech took the lead for good with 3:30 to play on a 3-pointer by Mary Bokenkamp. Oklahoma State pulled within a point with 15 seconds left before a pair of free throws by Monique Smalls gave the Lady Raiders their three-point lead.Kendra Suttles led Oklahoma State with 13 points.