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Women's Basketball - Fri, Dec. 13, 2013

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LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN (8-1, 4-0) at OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN (4-4, 0-2)

 

Saturday, December 14th - 1:00 PM                                                        
Eagles' Nest (Oklahoma City)
Radio: KJAK 92.7 FM                                                                         
All-Time Series: OC leads 29-15

 

CHANGE OF SCENERY
The Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals battled through their easternmost conference road trip with a 2-0 record despite mother nature forcing a game postponement, as they collected wins at Arkansas Fort Smith and Rogers State for a 4-0 Heartland Conference record. They continue in Heartland Conference play Saturday facing former Sooner Athletic Conference foe Oklahoma Christian University for their lone game of the week. LCU takes a six-game win streak into the game.

SATURDAY REWIND
Nicole Hampton set a career high with 31 points and added 11 rebounds to complete her 27th career double-double and Lubbock Christian University improved their win streak to six games with an 84-65 Heartland Conference win over Rogers State University Saturday afternoon at Claremore Expo Center.

Hampton opened the game with the contest's first seven points as part of a 9-0 run to open the game for LCU. The Lady Chaps forced RSU into a 2-of-11 shooting stretch, with three turnovers included, in the opening six minutes to take a 16-4 lead. RSU didn't back down, as they went on a 15-4 run to cut LCU's lead to 20-19 with 8:47 to go in the half. Clarissa Cannon spearheaded the charge with six of her 10 points in the first half. LCU's Hannah Harbin countered with her third  three-point field goal of the season for some breathing room, and LCU had a 12-5 run late in the first half to build the lead to 37-26 with 2:46 to go in the half. Emily Pool tallied 12 points in the half to go along with Hampton's 17 points for a 42-31 Lady Chaparrals lead at the half. LCU had a 24-15 rebound advantage in the half.

Neither team was able to build any runs in the opening 11 minutes of the second half. LCU never led by less than eight points and by more than 16 points in the 11-minute span, with the lead fluctuating in between.  LCU, who shot just 39% (11/28) in the first half, maintained the pace early in the second half, opening the half 4-of-10 from the field.  That would change as they would go 9-of-13 from the field to close out the game. Katy Harsen was on an offensive binge in the second half for the Hillcats. She tallied nine points from the line in the half and produced seven more from the field for 16 points in the half. Harsen's efforts in the half helped RSU cut LCU's lead to 71-63 with five minutes remaining, as RSU went on a 12-2 run. Hampton's jumper with just under four minutes to go ended the run and it helped LCU close out the game on a 13-2 run to seal the win.  LCU was 47.1% (24/51) from the field in the game, going 56.5% (13/23) in the second half.

LCU had their best free-throw shooting performance of at least 15 attempts since Feb. 16, 2012 (at St. Gregory's, where they were 16-of-17 for 94.1%), as they were 28-of-30 (93.3%) from the line.  They opened the game 12-of-12 and closed the game 7-of-7 from the line.

Hampton's double-double was the second of the season and the 27th of her career. She was joined in double figures offensively by Emily Pool (19 points) and Kelsey Hoppel (11 points). RSU, who was held to a 35.6% (21/59) shooting percentage, was led by Harsen's 21-point outing. Cannon was held to four points in the second half and finished with 14 points.

CONFERENCE HONORS
Nicole Hampton received Heartland Conference Player of the Week accolades for her performance last week. She averaged 22.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists during the week. Against UAFS, she tallied 14 points and helped LCU to a 103-78 win, which was the biggest offensive output (103 points) for a road conference game in program history. She followed with a career-high 31 points at Rogers State in an 84-65 win.  Hampton, whose previous career high was 29 points, was 9-of-13 from the field, 3-of-3 from three-point range and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe Saturday at RSU. She also had six assists and a pair of steals. Hampton produced 17 of her points in the opening half and then followed with a 5-for-7 shooting performance in the second half. On the week, she combined for 11 assists, 17 rebounds and 12-of-21 (.571) shooting.

The honor is the first women's basketball Heartland Conference weekly honor in program history. Hampton was a two-time Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Week last season. .

POOL PATROL
Emily Pool enters Saturday with 1,478 career points and is tied with Carol Hise for fifth all-time in career points scored in program history. She is 22 points away from becoming the fifth player in program history to notch 1,500 career points.

BOARDING UP
The Lady Chaps have out-rebounded their opponents in the last six games and seven of their nine games this season.  

STEALING IS LEGAL
Nicole Hampton leads the Heartland Conference in steals (30) and steals per game (3.3). LCU has two of the top six steals leaders, with Kelsey Hoppel ranking sixth with 20 on the season for a 2.2 per game average.

CLOSING 2013
Saturday's game marks the final game for the 2013 calendar year. The Lady Chaps are 25-5 in the calendar year, going 17-4 from January and on of the 12-13 season and opening this season 8-1.

SHOOTING MARKS
Lubbock Christian leads the Heartland Conference with a shooting percentage of 49.5%. Individually, LCU has four players in the top-11 in field goal percentage (Nicole Hampton, Kaycie Boyles, Haley Burton and Kelsey Hoppel), with Hampton (56.6%) ranking fifth in the conference to lead the squad.

HELPING HAND
The Lady Chaparrals lead the Heartland Conference with an average of 19.3 assists per game this season. They have 174 through seven games, which is 25 more than Newman (second in the category). LCU also holds a 1.2 conference best assist/turnover ratio. Kelsey Hoppel (2.3), Haley Burton (2.3) and Nicole Hampton (2.2) are the top-three in the conference in assist/turnover ratio.

AT THE HOP
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 135 three-pointers and is 21 away from breaking into the career top-five in program history.

AT THE TOP
The Lady Chaps are averaging 90.6 points a game through their first nine games and leading the Heartland Conference in the category. They are averaging seven points per game more than St. Edward's, who is the next closest. Helping them with the offense is starters Kelsey Hoppel (15.2), Nicole Hampton (16.4), Haley Burton (13.1) and Emily Pool (13.7), who each average over 10 points a game.

FROM DOWNTOWN
The Lady Chaps lead the Heartland Conference in three-pointers with 83. They enter the week with an average of 9.2 per game.

CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
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 a conference best 77.6% from the free-throw line (17th among all Div. II squads).

ABOUT OC
The Lady Eagles enter the contest with a 4-4 record overall and 0-2 in the Heartland Conference. OC, who has not played at home since Nov. 12, has not played a game since appearing in the Oahu Classic (Nov.29), where they defeated Chaminade 95-59. They lead the Heartland Conference with 49.2 rebounds per game, leading to a 9.8 conference best rebounding margin.

THE SERIES AGAINST OC
OC leads the all-time series 29-15 dating back to 1979. Despite trailing the all-time series, LCU has won 11 of the last 14 meetings. The Lady Chaps swept a home-and-home series last season, as the two teams were not conference foes last season. They were each Sooner Athletic Conference members in 2011-2012.

THE LAST MEETING AGAINST OC
Nov. 30, 2012 (Lubbock, Texas)  - LCU: 104  / OC: 77
LCU produced a high scoring 104-77 victory inside Rip Griffin Center over Oklahoma Christian University in the prior meeting between the two programs.

The Lady Chaps were led by a foursome of players, who each had at least 17 points. Emily Pool led the group with 20 points. Balancing out the Lady Chaps offensive attack was Haley Burton (19 points), Kelsey Canavan (18 points) and Courtney Wilson (17 points). They also received 10 points from Haley Fowler to give LCU five players in double-figures.

Nov. 27, 2012, when the two teams played in Oklahoma City, LCU opened the game with an 11-0 advantage. Their start was not much different Friday, as LCU led 18-7 just over four minutes into the game. They grabbed their distance in the half with a 13-0 run, which was part of 17-2 run leading to a 46-21 lead with 4:17 left in the half. Pool led LCU with 12 points in the first half, with Canavan chipping in with 10 points to help LCU take a 54-35 halftime lead.

It took 2:45 until the first point was obtained in the second half and a Sydney Hill's free-throw for OC was responded with a 7-0 LCU run for a 63-38 lead. The Lady Chaps would eventually build a 32-point lead (86-54 with 8:52 remaining) in the half. Burton posted 14 of her 19 points in the half for LCU.

LCU was 54.9% (39/71) from the field in the game and they held OC to 39.1% (25/64) in the contest. Nicole Hampton was held to nine points, but she did lead LCU with 10 rebounds and seven assists. OC received 15 points from Hill, who was one of four Lady Eagles in double figures (Katy O'Steen and Roz Hamilton with 12 points and Lorenzo, Texas native Aisha Martin contributed 11 points).