STEPHENVILLE, Texas (November 15, 2013) – The Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals opened each half on a 21-6 run and received 21 points from Kelsey Hoppel to open play at the TexAnn Tip-Off Classic with an 88-66 win over Texas Woman's University Friday afternoon at Wisdom Gym.
The last time LCU played Texas Woman's University (Nov.1, 2010), LCU fell behind 20-5 to open the game. That would not be the case Friday, as they opened the game on a 7-0 run and eventually had a 21-6 lead through the opening nine minutes. LCU knocked down six consecutive shot attempts during a portion of the run and was 9-for-15 during the entirety of the run, while TWU was just 3-for-11 over the same span. Nine different Lady Chaps figured into the offense in the half, led by eight points from Haley Burton for a 42-29 halftime lead.
The run to start the second half spanned less than six minutes and LCU went on a 7-for-9 shooting spree during the surge, while TWU opened the second half converting on just three of their first 15 shot attempts. LCU led 63-35 after the run and led as much as 33 points (71-38 with 9:39 remaining) in the game.
Kelsey Hoppel had an impressive outing with 21 points to lead all scorers. She was 9-of-13 from the field and was 6-of-8 (3-of-4 from long range) in the second half alone for a 15-point outburst in the second half. It marked her 30th career double-figure point performance in her LCU career and it marked the sixth game in her LCU career in which she topped the 20-point plateau. LCU also received double-figures from Emily Pool (13 points), Burton (11 points) and Nicole Hampton (10 points).
LCU relied on their bench most of the second half and it did not hurt their offensive numbers. The Lady Chaps, shooting 53.4% (31/58) in the game, were 14-of-24 in the second half (58.3%) from the field (5-of-8 from long range). LCU forced the Pioneers into 26 turnovers leading to a 31-14 advantage in points off turnovers. They also dominated in the paint outscoring TWU 40-20 in that category. TWU received 15 points from Danielle Westerfield and 14 from Kenesha Seygo in the losing cause.
The Lady Chaps were 10-of-24 (41.7%) from three-point range, marking the second consecutive game in which LCU has notched at least 10 three-pointers. The last time LCU made at least 10 three-pointers in consecutive games was the second and third games of last season.
The win places LCU with a 2-0 record, while the Pioneers fell to 1-1. It was LCU's first win over the Pioneers since Jan. 6, 1984. The Lady Chaps close out their play in the TexAnn Tip-Off Classic Saturday at 5 p.m. facing host Tarleton State.