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Women's Basketball - Sat, Dec. 7, 2013


Saturday, December 7th - 1:00 PM                                  
Claremore Expo Center (Claremore, Okla.)
Radio: KJAK 92.7 FM    
All-Time Series: LCU leads 8-5

CLAREMORE, Okla. (December 7, 2013) – The Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaps seek to extend their five-game win streak and to remain perfect in Heartland Conference play, as they face Rogers State University at 1 p.m. inside Claremore Expo Center.

The match-up pits a pair of conference provisional schools, who are each transitioning to the NCAA Div. II after serving as Sooner Athletic Conference foes. LCU enters the game 7-1 and winners of five straight games. Included in the mix is a 103-78 victory Friday at Arkansas Fort Smith. It marked the most points LCU had scored in a conference road game in program history. The win places LCU with a 3-0 Heartland Conference record.

Friday, Emily Pool recorded 17 points, which has her with 1,459 career points. She moved into fifth place in all-time scoring in program history, as she passed Carol Hise (1,448). Also during the game, Pool was 5-of-8 from the free-throw line and surpassed Brittany Roberts (459) atop the list to become LCU's career leader in free-throws made with 462.

The Hillcats have struggled with their adjustment as a Heartland Conference provisional member. RSU, which made an appearance in the NAIA National Championship Tournament last season, is 2-5 on the season and 1-2 in conference play. They were able to end a program worse five-game losing streak with a 71-63 win over Texas – Permian Basin. Their only prior win was in their only home contest thus far, a 90-52 win over Ecclesia on Nov. 9. Katy Harsen is leading the Hillcats with 15.7 points per game. Clarissa Cannon is second in the conference averaging 10.6 rebounds per game.

LCU has an 8-5 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams met three times last season. They each split the regular season winning at home before LCU won a meeting at the Sooner Athletic Tournament 77-67. LCU defeated RSU 100-78 on Jan. 26 in Lubbock, Texas, but fell 78-70 Feb.14 in Claremore, Okla.

Mar. 1, 2013 - LCU: 77  / RSU: 67
Kelsey Canavan matched a career high with 30 points and completed a double-double with 13 rebounds to lead the No.4 nationally ranked Lady Chaparrals to a 77-67 Semifinal victory over No.14 Rogers State University, but in the process LCU's leading scorer Emily Pool suffered an injury that leaves her status unknown for the season's remainder.

Leading 64-62 with 1:44 remaining, Pool, driving to the basket, attempted to cut in for a runner past defender Ariana Silva and buckled to the hardwood in a heap of pain. Slamming the floor in agony, Pool was assisted off the floor and did not return.

The injury came during a 14-2 Lady Chaps run. LCU had stormed back from a 59-56 deficit and a 61-59 deficit with a foul called during Pool's injury leading to Haley Fowler stepping up to shoot Pool's free-throw attempts, since Pool was unable to shoot her attempts. Fowler made both attempts and LCU's lead was increased to 66-62. On the ensuing RSU possession, Logan Froese missed a jumper and LCU grabbed the rebound, leading to Kelsey Hoppel showing off her softball background and heaving a lead pass past half court to a streaking Fowler for a breakaway lay-up and a 68-62 LCU lead with 1:24 remaining. Ten seconds later, RSU's Rician Walker was fouled and went to the free-throw line for two attempts. Walker only made the second attempt, and on LCU's inbounds, Hoppel showed off her arm again, inbounding the ball all the way to LCU's front court, where Haley Burton received the pass in stride and was eventually fouled on the successful lay-up attempt for the and-one result to place LCU up 71-63 with 1:11 remaining and securing the win for LCU.

The game was tied on 12 occasions and there were five lead changes. RSU never led by more than three points when they led, but LCU had a double-figure lead in the first half. Trailing 12-10 in the first half, LCU's Haley Burton made a field goal to spark a 12-1 run for a 22-13 lead with 11:46 remaining in the first half. Canavan racked up 17 points in the first half for LCU and she helped LCU lead as much as 40-27 before Leah Smith hit a runner with time expiring to cut LCU's lead to 40-29 at the half.

RSU would use Smith's basket to carry-over the halftime into an eventual 10-0 run and they cut LCU's lead to 40-37 two minutes into the second half. LCU would build their lead back to a five-point lead on two occasions, but RSU would rally to regain the lead on both accounts. RSU was never able to extend the lead to a two-possession lead and LCU found an open door to march back from a 59-56 deficit in the final 6:30. LCU never trailed following Canavan's shot in the paint with 4:44 left for a 62-61 lead.

LCU was 52.6% (10/19) from the field in the second half and finished the game 50.9% (27/53) from the field. The Lady Chaps, without a three-pointer in the second half, claimed 17 points from the free-throw line in the second half on 24 attempts. Despite committing 19 turnovers (compared to 16 by RSU), LCU had a 26-19 scoring advantage in points off turnovers. LCU also outscored RSU 42-26 in the paint.

Canavan led all scorers with a season-high 30 points and she was joined offensively by Courtney Wilson (12 points), Burton (12 points) and Pool, who tallied 11 points prior to her injury. LCU was already battling injuries, as Nicole Hampton was not 100% and only played 22 minutes following a minor injury suffered in Thursday's contest to St. Gregory's. Canavan's double-double was her third of the season and her 16th of her LCU career. RSU received a solid effort from Froese, who was 9-for-14 from the field for 21 points.