Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners win fourth straight, beat Texas Tech 79-61

Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners win fourth straight, beat Texas Tech 79-61

All of them good. Kansas followed up by winning three in a row as the Red Raiders went 1-2, setting up an important matchup between the two teams in Lubbock on Saturday.

Graham scored 26 points and the eighth-ranked Jayhawks wrapped up their 14th consecutive regular-season conference championship, clinching at least a tie for the Big 12 title with a 74-72 victory against sixth-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday. With a two-game lead on Texas Tech and only two games to play, Kansas has clinched at least a share of its 14th consecutive Big 12 title, breaking the mark set by UCLA from 1967-79. The senior guard swished a mid-range jumper with 90 seconds remaining to put the Jayhawks up 70-68, and after KU forced a turnover on Texas Tech's ensuing possession, he came up big again.

Their last loss in United Supermarkets Arena came on March 4, 2009, when Sherron Collins shot 3 for 19 and Tech's Alan Voskuil scored a career-high 35 points. The Jayhawks' most highly regarded recruit (power forward Billy Preston) signed with a professional team in Bosnia and Herzegovina after not suiting up in college, they don't feature any likely future first-round draft picks on their roster and they lack impact players off the bench.

The Red Raiders are looking to keep their hopes of an outright Big 12 regular season title alive vs. the Jayhawks. But just like the rest of the season in the rugged Big 12, it wasn't easy.

Zhaire Smith: With Keenan Evans nursing the toe injury, Smith led the Red Raiders in scoring with 20 points.

Graham (26) and Mykhailiuk (21) combined for 47 of their teams' 74 points, going 8-of-17 from beyond the 3-point line. Mykhailiuk connected on his third 3-pointer of the game to beat the shot clock and give KU a 23-18 lead with 10:51 left in the half.

Most of college basketball - players, teams and coaches - is now in the middle of at least one scandal, which means the NCAA Tournament could feature some new teams if big programs are ruled ineligible.

In the two squads' first meeting earlier this season, the Red Raiders never trailed as they cruised to a 12-point win at Allen Fieldhouse on January 2. Gray didn't return, and Smith finished with one point and four rebounds in 22 minutes.

The Jayhawks have settled on a starting lineup with only one nominal big man, 7-foot sophomore Udoka Azubuike.

Texas Tech: At No. 21 West Virginia on Monday before finishing the regular season at home against TCU next Saturday.

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