HONOLULU (November 29, 2013) – Nicole Hampton scored 17 points in the second half to match a career high with 29 points and she was one of five Lady Chaparrals in double figures, as Lubbock Christian University closed play in the Oahu Classic with a 92-80 win over Hawai'i Pacific University Friday night at McKinley High School Gymnasium.
The contest was played at a high rate of energy, but it took a while for the offense to get jumpstarted in the game. The Sea Warriors did not score their first field goal until over three minutes into the game, but when they did, it was on a 5-0 run to take a 5-4 lead 3:36 into the contest. LCU would not trail long, as a deep three-point shot attempt was made by Emily Pool to start a 5-0 run of their own. With under eight minutes remaining in the half, Kaycie Boyles would knock down a pair of free-throws and a field goal to impact an 8-0 run for a 35-22 lead. The Lady Chaps would score their final five points over the final two minutes of the first half from the free-throw line and they led 47-38 at the half. Hampton was 4-of-6 from the field to lead all scorers with 12 points in the half.
The second half was evenly played, with neither team controlling the momentum. A three-pointer by Shianne Solomon cut the HPU deficit to 49-41 2:16 into the half, but it would be the only time HPU would cut the deficit to single digits in the half. Pool answered with a lay-up eight seconds later. LCU led as much as 63-48 (12:20 remaining) and the deficit never slipped under 10 the rest of the way. LCU was 60.7% (17/28) from the field in the second half, with Hampton knocking down 7-of-9 attempts for her 17 points in the half. Skye Savini, who was held to two points in the first half, kept HPU in the hunt with 16 points in the half.
Haley Burton, Boyles and Kelsey Hoppel each had 15 points and Pool added 13 points for LCU. Boyles also led all players in rebounds with nine. Hampton added seven assists with her high-scoring mark. LCU was 52.5% (32/61) from the field and 62.1% (23/37) inside the perimeter in the contest. They led the rebounding battle 45-36. Savini had 18 points to lead HPU, who fell to 1-1 on the season.
LCU won both contests at the Oahu Classic and their fourth consecutive win has them 6-1 on the season. They return to the mainland and to Heartland Conference play Thursday with a trip to Fort Smith, Ark. to face University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.