HONOLULU (November 28, 2013) – Lubbock Christian University used a 65.7% shooting clip inside the arc and a 20-point outing by Kelsey Hoppel, as the Lady Chaparrals opened play in the Oahu Classic with a 75-48 win over Brigham Young University – Hawaii Thursday evening at McKinley High School Gymnasium.
Both teams were cold offensively to start the game and it led to a sloppy first half. Neither team had a bucket until over 2:30 into the game and the two teams combined to go 1-for-16 from three-point range in the half. The game was tied 3-3 before LCU would grab the game's advantage with an 8-0 run, which was part of a 12-2 run for a 15-5 lead with 12:42 remaining in the opening half of play. Kaycie Boyles was 4-of-6 from the field in the first half and led all players in the half with nine points for a 30-19 halftime lead. Boyles had the game's only three-point field goal of the half. LCU was 39.3% (11-of-28) from the field in the opening half and 1-of-10 from long range. They also struggled from the free-throw line. Hoppel, Haley Burton and Nicole Hampton entered the game a combined 37-of-41 (90.2%) from the line, but combined to go 50% (5-of-10) from the line in the half. The team was 7-of-12 (58.3%) from the line in the half. BYU-H struggled just as bad, going 9-of-32 (28.1%) from the field and garnering one point from the free-throw line.
LCU would turn things around in the second half. Dana Lynn Hooper opened the second half scoring with a basket for BYU-H, but then LCU countered with a 15-2 run, which included a 5-for-5 shooting spree in the run for a 45-23 lead five minutes into the half. Extending the run, LCU would eventually outscore BYU-H 26-6 to build their largest lead (66-28) with 7:08 remaining. The Lady Chaps would put the game on autopilot with reserves filling in most of the second half. None of the starters played more than 12 minutes in the second half. Hoppel tallied 12 points in eight minutes of the half. Callie Sandusky came off the bench to provide four points and a career high five rebounds in the half.
The Seasiders were held without a three-point field goal in the game, going 0-of-9 from long range. It is the first time LCU has kept an opponent from hitting a three-point shot this season and the last time was Mar. 14, 2013 at the NAIA National Championship Tournament against Southern-New Orleans. BYU-H finished the game 37.5% (21/56) from the field and Jiashan Cui led them with 11 points.
Hoppel led all scorers with 20 points and she is the only Lady Chaps member to have at least 10 points in all six games this season. She also had three steals and a block in the game. Emily Pool and Kaycie Boyles also supplied LCU with 12 points each. Hampton finished the game with 10 rebounds. LCU finished the game with a 21.7% (5/23) shooting mark from long range in the game, starting out the game 1-of-12 from outside. They were much warmer inside the perimeter, making 23-of-35 shots (65.7%). They were 13-of-17 (76.5%) inside the arc in the second half.
The Lady Chaps have won three-straight contests and improve their record to 5-1 on the season. The game was their first ever game played on Hawai'i soil and against a Hawai'i based program. BYU-H fell to 0-4 with the loss. The Lady Chaps will visit Pearl Harbor Friday morning and then will complete their Oahu Classic play at 11 p.m. (Central) facing Hawai'i Pacific.