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Women's Basketball - Thu, Nov. 7, 2013

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EXHIBITION GAME
TEXAS COLLEGE (0-2-0) at LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN (0-0, 0-0)

Thursday, November 7th - 7:00 PM                                                 
Rip Griffin Center (Lubbock, Texas)
Radio: KJAK 92.7 FM       
All-Time Series: LCU leads the all-time series 3-2 in regular season play

HERE WE GO
After 11 consecutive seasons ending their season at the NAIA National Championship Tournament, the Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals begin a new era. LCU, which is in Year Two Candidacy in transition to a NCAA Div. II member, is playing their first season as a former NAIA member and its first as a provisional Heartland Conference member. The Lady Chaps will play a NCAA Div. II schedule and will play a Heartland Conference schedule, but will not have a postseason to play for this season. Before jumping into a 26-game regular season schedule, LCU is playing a pair of exhibition games. They defeated University of Houston 80-73 Saturday and now face Texas College Thursday for their final tune-up.

HOUSTON HEROICS
Nicole Hampton recorded a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds, Kelsey Hoppel produced a team-high 21 points and Emily Pool tallied 14 points to lead LCU to an 80-73  win Saturday over University of Houston. Despite Houston's lineup standing inches above LCU, the Lady Chaps outhustled the Cougars to snare eight more rebounds on the afternoon, 51-43. The Lady Chaps hit 41 percent of their shots compared to 29 percent from the Cougars, taking 24 fewer shots than UH but committing 13 more turnovers. The Lady Chaps connected on 11 three-pointers at a 30 percent clip compared to six made by the Cougars at 22 percent.  

SEASON REWIND
LCU is coming into the season following a season in which they went 31-4 overall and 13-3 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. The Lady Chaps claimed their first ever conference tournament title and 11th consecutive trip to the NAIA National Championship Tournament before falling in the third round of the tournament to Cumberland (Tenn.) 63-61. They produced two NAIA All-Americans last season in Kelsey Canavan and Nicole Hampton.

WHO DID THEY LOSE
The Lady Chaps lost two starting members from last season's team, with Kelsey Canavan and Courtney Wilson graduating. Canavan leaves LCU as the program's career leader in field goal percentage (54.7%). She averaged 13.9 points and was 54.4% from the field last season. Wilson leaves the program ranked fourth in blocks with 65 over her LCU career. She averaged 10.8 points a game last season.
 
WHO DO THEY RETURN
There are three starting members returning to the Lady Chaps, with an additional member bringing experience in a starting role. Nicole Hampton, Haley Burton and Emily Pool (Atkins) are returning starters for the Lady Chaparrals. Pool suffered a season-ending knee injury in the conference tournament and Kelsey Hoppel took over the starting reigns from there. Hampton averaged 12.7 points per game last season and 8.9 rebounds. She produced the third highest single season assist mark in program history with 192 last season and her last two seasons have seen the top two single season free-throw shooting marks (92.4% and 92.1%). Burton hit 60 three-pointers last season and averaged 10.4 points per game. Pool averaged 12.6 points per game last season. Hoppel averaged 12 points a game last season and led the team with 74 three-pointers.

WHO IS NEW
LCU brings five new players onto the roster with four new active players and a redshirt freshmen. The new additions are Kaycie Boyles (transfer... Missouri-Kansas City), Hannah Harbin (Lubbock Titans...home school team), Bridget Rampy (Lubbock-Cooper High School) and Alison Szabo (Merkel High School). An additional member, Claire Bruffey, transferred in this season from McMurry and will redshirt this season. Morgan Dean will also be a new active face for the Lady Chaps, as the recruit from Canyon High School redshirted last season with an injury.

POOL PLAY
Emily Pool enters this season with 1,355 career points and is 93 points away from breaking into the top-five in all-time points scored in program history. She already ranks third all-time in career free-throw attempts (560) and fifth in free-throws made (435).

OL' NICOLE
Nicole Hampton has set free-throw records and rebounding records in each of her first two seasons with the Lady Chaps.  The top two single-season program marks for free-throw percentage are held by Hampton (92.4% from 11/12, 92.1% last season). She also holds the single-season program mark for rebounding (310 last season) and the third best rebounding season (280 in 11/12).

AT THE HOP
Kelsey Hoppel matched the program single-season mark of made three-pointers last season with 74, joining former Lady Chaps Jordan Hampton (07/08) and Angie Taylor (97/98). Her season mark of 45.1% from long range was the third best single-season mark. She enters her junior season with 121 three-pointers and is 35 away from breaking into the career top-five in program history.

WINNING!
The Lady Chaps set a single-season wins mark last season with 31 wins. Their prior single-season win mark was 28 in 2011-2012.

CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
LCU led the NAIA last season for a second consecutive season with a 77.6% shooting mark from the line. The Lady Chaps finished in the top-10 in the NAIA in free-throw shooting for eight consecutive seasons: 12/13 (1st), 11/12 (1st), 10/11 (9th), 09/10 (5th), 08/09 (2nd), 07/08 (1st), 06/07 (6th) and 05/06 (9th). Since LCU is no longer a NAIA program, Hampton stands as the NAIA's career leader in free-throw shooting with a mark of 92.3% (250/271), breaking the NAIA Women's Div. I career percentage mark of 88.7% set by Julie Nill (1981-84) of Missouri-Kansas City.  

AGAINST THE D-II's
The Lady Chaps played nine of their first 11 games against NCAA Div. II programs last season.  They went 9-0 against NCAA Div. II squads, including wins over No.7 Metro State and No.23 ranked Northeastern State.  

ABOUT TEXAS COLLEGE
The Lady Steers opened their season Oct. 28 with a 73-58 home loss to Philander Smith and followed with an 88-78 loss to Tougaloo to place their record at 0-2. This game will serve as an exhibition game for Texas College. As a team, they rank 13th in the NAIA in blocks with seven, and Shantel Jones ranking eighth in the NAIA with four. La'Quita Hart leads the team averaging 20 points per game.

THE SERIES AGAINST TEXAS COLLEGE
LCU leads the all-time series 3-2, with all five meetings coming between 1989-1991. The last meeting was a 102-57 LCU win on Feb. 5, 1991.