Jia Perkins scored 26 points and Plenette Pierson added 23 to lead No. 8 Texas Tech to a 73-64 victory over No. 4 Kansas State last night in Lubbock, Tex.
The victory prevented Kansas State (27-3, 14-2) from claiming a share of the Big 12 Conference title. Fifth-ranked Texas captured the league title and will enter next week's conference tournament as the No. 1 seed.
"It's probably been a long time since they've yelled that much for us," Texas Tech Coach Marsha Sharp said of Texas. "I guess you might say they owe us one."
The Lady Raiders (24-4, 13-3) pulled ahead late in the first half. The Wildcats had closed to 26-21 with 7 minutes 41 seconds remaining, but Tech went on a 15-1 run over the next five minutes to take a 41-22 lead at the 2:40 mark.
* SOUTHEASTERN: Abi Ramsey went 5 for 6 on three-pointers in scoring 19 points, and Chantelle Anderson also had 19 as No. 15 Vanderbilt beat Florida, 74-58, in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in North Little Rock, Ark.
Jenni Benningfield added 13 points for the Commodores (20-8), who finished 10 of 14 from three-point range and shot 60 percent overall. They will play No. 17 Georgia in the quarterfinals Friday night. . . .
Reserve Sarah Burgess had a career-high 23 points to lead No. 16 South Carolina (22-6) to a 79-64 victory over Mississippi. Burgess's previous career high was 15 in the regular season finale against the Lady Rebels, who led 54-53 with 10 minutes 12 seconds left. South Carolina will meet No. 10 Mississippi State in the quarterfinals today. . . .
Shameka Christon had 20 points, and No. 23 Arkansas (21-9) beat Alabama, 53-48. The Razorbacks will face No. 6 LSU in a quarterfinal game today.
* HORIZON: In Ashwaubenon, Wis., Chandra Johnson scored 15 points and Kristy Loiselle added 14 as top-seeded Wisconsin-Green Bay (25-3) began its defense of the Horizon League tournament title by beating Butler, 86-51.
* LOUISIANA TECH 89, SMU 56: In Ruston, La., Cheryl Ford scored 28 points and grabbed 23 rebounds to lead the No. 6 Lady Techsters (26-2, 18-0) to their 24th consecutive victory.
* UC SANTA BARBARA 94, CAL STATE FULLERTON 52: Lindsay Taylor scored 25 points to lead the No. 19 Gauchos (22-4, 14-1 Big West) at home.