OU women's basketball: Sooners defeat Texas Tech 79-61

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For a second it looked like Texas Tech might actually do what hadn't been done since 2004.

After the loss, Tech has a conference record of 10-6, with an overall record of 22-7.

Pierre-Louis led OU with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and had a season-high six blocks and career-high four steals. On Saturday, the Jayhawks flipped the script, never falling behind to a Texas Tech team that entered the day boasting a 17-game home winning streak.

For the 14th consecutive NCAA men's basketball season, the Kansas Jayhawks have clinched at least a share of the Big 12 regular season conference championship.

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.

Scored a game-high 26 points in his usual 40 minutes and completely took over the game late, turning back challenge after challenge with spectacular plays.

Smith had a putback dunk to pull Texas Tech even at 68-68 before Graham hit the go-ahead jumper and got an off-balance shot to fall while the Red Raiders committed turnovers on consecutive possessions.

Graham came up big in the second half, scoring 18 points, and carried KU.

Kansas: Mykhailiuk and Graham formed a pretty good first half-second half tag team.

The Jayhawks still need help on the glass: Kansas was outrebounded by Texas Tech, 34-29. Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith led the team with 20 points. But his impact clearly isn't the same, and whether the toe improves is likely to determine how far Tech goes in the NCAA Tournament. Having already put its most challenging league bouts in the rearview mirror, Kansas will close the regular season with a home game against Texas on Monday, followed by a trip to Oklahoma State next Saturday. Yet the Jayhawks navigated the turbulence and premature doomsaying caused by a 1-2 stretch in early February and won four straight to move onto safe ground. He replaced Justin Gray, who was flattened when he didn't see a screen by 7-foot, 280-pound Udoka Azubuike. The Jayhawks managed to record a massive road W despite their inability to keep the Red Raiders off the boards because Graham and Mykhailiuk shredded a Texas Tech defense that was ranked third in the country in Ken Pomeroy's adjusted defensive efficiency.

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