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Women's Basketball - Thu, Nov. 28, 2013



Thursday, November 28th - 7:00 PM (Central)                               
McKinley High School Gym (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Radio: KJAK 92.7 FM                                                                       
All-Time Series: No Prior Meetings

The Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals take a break from Heartland Conference action with a pair of non-conference games in Hawai'i, participating in the Oahu Classic held at McKinley High School in Honolulu. LCU will play Thanksgiving Day against Brigham Young University - Hawai'i and will follow up Friday facing Hawai'i Pacific. Thursday's game is at 3 p.m. in Hawai'i, which is 7 p.m. in Lubbock.

Seven Lady Chaparrals notched double-figures and Nicole Hampton scored 21 points in the first half to complete a double-double and lead Lubbock Christian University to a 95-66 win over Newman University in a Heartland Conference tilt inside Rip Griffin Center Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Chaps actually got off to a rugged start, going 1-of-6 from the field to open the game.  Newman led 9-4 just three minutes into the game before the LCU offense warmed up.  The teams traded leads seven times until LCU went on a 16-0 run late in the first half for a 49-26 lead with 4:15 remaining. Nicole Hampton was 8-of-9 from the field in the first half and her reverse layup at the horn gave herself a 21-point half and the Lady Chaps a 56-33 halftime lead. Eighteen of the first half scoring came from the line, as LCU knocked down 18 out of 19 free-throw attempts in the half.

Alexandra Ciabattoni tried to get Newman back into the game in the second half by scoring four of the team's first five field goals in the opening six minutes of the half, but the Jets leading scorer was held without a point for the remainder of the game. LCU went on a 15-4 run during the time they held Ciabattoni to her final bucket and built the lead to 76-43 with 13:24 remaining for their largest lead. Senior Kaycie Boyles, who finished matching a career high with three blocks, tallied 10 points in the second half for LCU.

LCU was 22-of-23 from the line in the game until closing out the game missing four of their final five attempts for a 23-of-28 (82.1%) final mark. Hampton completed her first double-double of the season and the 26th of her career with 23 points and 11 rebounds. She also had a game-high five assists. Hampton was joined by Pool (14 points), Boyles (13), Kelsey Hoppel (11 points), Blair Taylor (10 points), Haley Fowler (10 points) and Haley Burton (10 points) in double figures for LCU. Newman was led by Ciabattoni's 17 points 15 points from Shakeira Copeland.

The contest was the first ever meeting between the two programs and it was LCU's first ever game against a Kansas based program.

In Saturday's win against Newman, Nicole Hampton notched her first double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds. It was her 26th double-double of her career and she led LCU last season with 16 double-doubles. She joins Haley Burton as the only players with double-doubles this season.

Last Thursday against Oklahoma Panhandle State, LCU matched a program record, which they set in their season home debut, with 15 three-pointers. Those records are not the only Rip Griffin Center records being changed. Emily Pool, who was celebrating a birthday Saturday, matched an LCU single-game Rip Griffin Center record going 10-for-10 from the free throw line.  The feat had only been done inside the building once before and it was completed by Tabitha Qubty-Sellers (10-for-10 on Jan. 18, 2001 vs. Oklahoma Christian).  Nicole Hampton had a 7-assist performance against OPSU and it tied an arena record done two prior times.

Kaycie Boyles headed into the Nov. 21 contest against OPSU with 23 career three-point field goals, but had never made more than one in a game. That changed in that contest, as she went 2-for-2 from long range for a new career high.

Prior to Saturday's game against Newman, LCU had never played against a Kansas based program. At the Oahu Classic, LCU will play their first ever games in Hawai'i and their first ever games against Hawaiian based programs.

Emily Pool enters Thursday with 1,416 career points and is 33 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 (584) and in free-throws made (454). She is 12-for-12 over the prior two games from the line.

The Lady Chaparrals lead the Heartland Conference with an average of 21.8 assists per game this season. They have 109 through five games, which is 22 more than Newman (second in the category) through the same amount of games played. LCU also holds a 1.4 conference best assist/turnover ratio. Nicole Hampton (6.3), Haley Burton (3.3) and Kelsey Hoppel (3.1) are the top-three in the conference in assist/turnover ratio.

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 this week's action with 131 three-pointers and is 25 away from breaking into the career top-five in program history.

The Lady Chaps are averaging 92.2 points a game through their first five games and leading the Heartland Conference in the category (along with a .492 fg %). They are averaging 9.9 points per game more than St. Edward's, who is the next closest.

The Lady Chaps lead the Heartland Conference in three-pointers per game with a rate of 11 per game. They enter the week with 55 on the season, which 13 more than Oklahoma Christian, who is second in the category.

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.  This season, LCU is 74.8% from the free-throw line, ranking third in the conference (Okla. Christian leads the category 75.7%).

Against OPSU, the Lady Chaps shot 57.6% (34/59) from the field in the game, while shooting a dismal 55% (11/20) from the free-throw line.  It was an uncharacteristic shooting performance from the free-throw line for the Lady Chaps, as the shooting mark was the lowest from the line since Jan. 14, 2010. It was the first time since Feb. 11, 2011 (against St. Gregory's) in which the Lady Chaps field goal shooting percentage was higher than their free-throw shooting percentage. They did respond Saturday going 82.1% (23/28) from the line against Newman. Included in the stat was a 22-of-23 start from the line and Emily Pool's 10-of-10 mark in the game.

The Seasiders are off to a 0-3 start on the season with losses to all Alaska based teams. Included was a pair of losses to University of Alaska - Anchorage, with UAA outscoring the Seasiders by a combined 199-101. BYU-H is preseason picked ninth in the PacWest Conference, with Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo named to the Preseason All-PacWest Team. Tatupu-Leopoldo has not logged any minutes this season, as she is on the volleyball team.  

This contest will mark the first meeting against the two programs.

There are no prior meetings.