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Women's Basketball - Thu, Oct. 17, 2013


LUBBOCK, Texas (October 17, 2013) – Lubbock Christian University women's basketball head coach Steve Gomez will have five new players on the roster when the team hits the hardwood for the 2013-2014 season.  The newcomers include true freshmen Hannah Harbin, Bridget Rampy and Allison Szabo, and transfers Kaycie Boyles and Claire Bruffey.

Boyles returns to Lubbock to play her senior season with the Lady Chaparrals. She spent three seasons (09/10 - 11/12) at NCAA Div. I Missouri-Kansas City, where she combined to average 4.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 87 games. The 5'10" forward also combined for 44 steals, 95 assists and 34 blocks for UMKC (21 blocks as a sophomore). Boyles was a multiple recipient on The Summit League Winter/Spring Academic All-League Team and the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence as a distinguished scholar. She is a Lubbock native and a product of Coronado High School, where she was rated the No.45 best forward in the nation by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and the No.55 best player in Texas by Premier Basketball Report. The multi-winning All-State recipient was named the Girls Basketball Player of the Year by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, as well as the 2009 5A-4A All-South Plains Player of the Year after 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds a game.

Bruffey transfers to LCU from McMurry University, where she spent her freshman season last season. In 27 games as a freshman, Bruffey averaged 5.6 points and one rebound a game. She led McMurry with 29 three-point field goals and was 36.7% (29/79) from long range. She was 80.8% (21/26) from the free-throw line. Bruffey competed against LCU last season (Nov. 12) and recorded 12 points against the Lady Chaps. The 5'9" guard was a homeschool native of Lubbock, Texas and competed with the Lubbock Titans homeschool program. She has athletic siblings, as her brother Tanner played basketball at Dallas Baptist and her younger sister Tess is a highly recruited member of the Lubbock Titans. Bruffey will redshirt this season and will compete next season for the Lady Chaps as a sophomore.

Harbin joins the Lady Chaps after competing with the Lubbock Titans, who are a team consisting of homeschool student-athletes. Harbin, a 5'10" guard from Lubbock, received the 2013 Maravich Award, which is HomeSchool Basketball's highest MVP honor. She was part of consecutive trips to the Final Four of the HomeSchool Basketball national tournament. Harbin had received Honorable Mention (freshman) and All-Region (sophomore) accolades until the Maravich honor her senior season.
Rampy is a 6'1" freshman from Lubbock, Texas. She prepped at Lubbock-Cooper High School and was a three-year letterwinner with the Lady Pirates. Premier Basketball rated her as a top-100 recruit in Texas. She was a two-time All-South Plains Team member (3A) by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.  Rampy received several All-District honors, including First Team All-District 2-3A as a junior and senior.

Szabo is a 6'1" forward from Merkel, Texas. She was part of a Merkel High School squad, which was the State Runner-Up in the UIL Class 2A State Basketball Tournament. Szabo claimed numerous awards last season, including Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 2A Player of the Year All-Big Country Class 2A MVP (Abilene Reporter) after averaging 17.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. She knocked down 52% of her shots last season and also claimed All-Tournament Honors in the Class 2A State Tournament. As a junior, she was a First Team All-State selection after claiming 5-2A All-District MVP honors. She also received MVP honors at the 2011 FiberMax Caprock Tournament. Allison also competed as a member of the Lady Badgers track and field team.

This season marks LCU's first season in the Heartland Conference, as they are a NCAA Div. II Year-Two Candidacy member.  After 10 consecutive seasons ending with a trip to the NAIA National Championships, the Lady Chaps play a NCAA Div. II schedule this season, which begins Nov. 12 against Eastern New Mexico. LCU will open with an exhibition game Nov. 2 at University of Houston.