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Women's Basketball - Mon, Jan. 6, 2014


Monday, January 6th - 7:30 PM (Central)                                           
Greyhound Arena (Portales, N.M.)
Radio: KJAK 92.7 FM       

The Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals play their final non-conference game of the season Monday, heading to Portales, New Mexico to face Eastern New Mexico, which begins a six-game road trip. LCU rides a nine-game win streak into the contest, and they have won their last five games away from home.

Six Lady Chaparrals contributed double figures in points and Lubbock Christian University set a program record in points for a conference game en route to a 104-66 win over Texas A&M International in a match-up of previously unbeaten teams in Heartland Conference play Saturday afternoon inside Rip Griffin Center.

The Dustdevils tried to take the early momentum by knocking down their opening two shot attempts for a 4-0 lead, but LCU would quickly steal the spotlight. An 11-0 run, as part of a 13-1 run, by the Lady Chaps would quickly give them a 13-5 lead four minutes into the contest. LCU would use another big run in the half, as a 9-2 run late in the half helped LCU close the final 4:56 of the half out-scoring TAMIU 20-7 for a 51-33 halftime lead. TAMIU was shooting over 45.8% in the half until closing the half 2-for-10 to shoot 38.2% (13/34) overall in the opening 20 minutes. LCU had a trio of players in double figures the first half, as Kelsey Hoppel registered 12 points and Haley Burton and Haley Fowler each had 10 points.

LCU did not go cold in the second half. They improved off a 47.5% (19/40) shooting mark in the opening half with a shooting percentage of 61.3% (19/31) in the second half. The Lady Chaps never led by less than 22 points over the final 16:33. They received 11 points in the half by Emily Pool and received 22 points in the half off their bench.

The Lady Chaps were 77% (17/22) inside the arc in the second half and finished the game 62.7% (32/51) inside the perimeter. Overall, LCU was 53.5% (38/71) from the field. LCU out-scored TAMIU 60-26 inside the paint. Nicole Hampton missed out on a double-double and triple-double for LCU, as she had 16 points with 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Hoppel matched Hampton with a game-co-leading 16 points. Pool finished with 15 points, Kaycie Boyles with 13 points and 12 points each for Burton and Fowler. TAMIU was led in the loss with 14 points from Malika Jackson, 12 points from Jessica Prieto and 10 points from Samantha Chacon.

LCU produced a season-high 48 rebounds in their last game and it marks the ninth consecutive game LCU has out-rebounded their opposition. No player finished in double figures in rebounds, but seven players had four or more rebounds. Last season, LCU went a stretch of 14 consecutive games out-rebounding the opposition.

The Lady Chaps had a 48-30 rebound advantage against TAMIU for a season high +18 advantage in the category. It was their highest mark since a +21 rebounding advantage over St. Gregory's on Feb. 28, 2013. Last season's high was a +33 (61-28) advantage against Mid-America Christian on Jan. 12, 2013.

Emily Pool became the fifth player in LCU program history to eclipse the 1,500-point mark in her LCU career. She currently has 1,526 points and needs four points to surpass Darla Lynch, who had 1,529 points from 1979-1983.

Lady Chaps guard Haley Burton claimed Heartland Conference Player of the Week honors. The junior from Shallowater, Texas led LCU on the week with 34 points for an average of 17 points a game in wins over St. Mary's and Texas A&M International. She was 54.2% from the field (13/24) and averaged 3.5 assists per game. Burton fell a point shy of a career high with 22 points against St. Mary's and then posted 12 points against TAMIU, as one of six Lady Chaps in double figures. The honor for Burton is the first weekly honor of her career.  

Nicole Hampton leads the Heartland Conference in steals (35) and steals per game (2.9). LCU has two of the top nine steal leaders, with Kelsey Hoppel ranking ninth with 21 on the season for a 1.8 per game average.

100 CLUB    
Saturday, LCU posted over 100 points in a game for the third time this season and for the second time in a conference game. They have only posted 100 or more points in a conference game three times in program history. LCU hit the 100-point plateau for just the second time ever at home in a conference game (100 vs. Rogers State on Jan. 26, 2013 was the first) and the 104 points was a program best for a conference game at home. It marks the 11th time LCU has reached at least 100 points in a game under Steve Gomez's coaching tenure and the 20th time overall in program history.

Lubbock Christian leads the Heartland Conference with a shooting percentage of 50.1%, which would rank third in all of NCAA Div. II if LCU was eligible for national statistical rankings. Individually, LCU has four players in the top-9 in field goal percentage (Nicole Hampton, Kaycie Boyles, Haley Burton and Kelsey Hoppel), with Hampton (56.8%) ranking fourth in the conference to lead the squad.

The Lady Chaparrals lead the Heartland Conference with an average of 18.8 assists per game this season (would rank tied for 11th nationally). They have 226 through 12 games, which is four more than Texas A&M International (second in the category), who has played one additional game. LCU also holds a 1.2 conference best assist/turnover ratio (22nd nationally). Nicole Hampton (2.1) leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio and Haley Burton is second (1.9).

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 17 away from breaking into the career top-five in program history.

The Lady Chaps are averaging 89.7 points a game through their first 12 games and leading the Heartland Conference in the category (would rank fourth nationally). They are averaging 9.7 points per game more than St. Edward's, who is the next closest. Helping them with the offense is starters Nicole Hampton (15.5), Emily Pool (14.1), Haley Burton (13.9), Kelsey Hoppel (13.6), and Kaycie Boyles (10.8), who each average over 10 points a game.

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 77.3% from the free-throw line (tied for 13th among all Div. II squads).

The Zias enter the game with a 2-6 record and they have gone 2-3 since facing the Lady Chaparrals earlier this season. ENMU is 2-0 at home this season, with wins over Oklahoma Panhandle State and University of the Southwest. They have not played at home since Dec. 3, 2013 and have not played a game overall since Dec. 13 at Wayland Baptist (lost 92-83). Jordyn Cooper leads the Zias with an average of 10.5 points per game. She has 17 of the team's 44 three-point field goals.

ENMU leads the all-time series with a mark of 23-10 and has won  two of the last four meetings. The Zias defeated LCU 73-69 in the prior meeting (Nov. 9, 2010) in Portales, New Mexico. The contest completes a home-and-home season series, as the previous meeting in Lubbock resulted in a 101-66 win by the Lady Chaps. LCU is 2-2 against ENMU under head coach Steve Gomez. The Lady Chaps have not won in Portales since Dec. 30, 2002.

Nov. 12, 2013 (Lubbock, Texas) - LCU: 101 / ENMU: 66
Lubbock Christian University broke in the 2013-2014 season shattering a single-game program record with 15 three-pointers and received at least a field goal from all 12 players en route to a 101-66 home victory in their season opener inside Rip Griffin Center.

The 15 three-pointers topped the previous high mark of 13, which had been completed on three occasions (Mar. 3, 2011 vs. Wayland Baptist the most recent). Seven different Lady Chaps played a part in the mark, with Emily Pool's 4-for-4 mark topping the list.

The game did not start out very record breaking for LCU. They opened the game just 1-of-7 from the field and trailed 7-2 before going 6-of-10 from the field during a 15-0 run for a 17-7 lead. LCU, hitting nine three-pointers in the first half, would end up out-scoring ENMU 37-7 from the time they trailed 7-2 for a 39-14 lead with just under eight minutes remaining in the half. The Lady Chaps led 56-28 at the half. Blair Taylor and Haley Fowler came off the bench and combined to shoot 7-of-9 in the first half. Fowler led LCU in the half with 13 points. LCU forced ENMU into 14 turnovers in the first half and it led to an 18-2 scoring advantage. The Lady Chaps committed just one turnover in the half and it came with 4:40 remaining in the half.

The Lady Chaps never led by less than 26 points and led as much as 99-59 (2:11 remaining). Callie Sandusky's only bucket of the game helped LCU eclipse the 100-point mark and it meant all 12 LCU players on the roster had recorded a field goal in the game. The last time LCU reached 100 points was on Jan. 26, 2013. It marks the ninth time LCU has reached at least 100 points in a game under Steve Gomez's coaching tenure and the 18th time overall in program history.

LCU had five players finish in double figures in scoring. Pool led all players with 18 points, and she was joined in the double figures by Kelsey Hoppel (14 points), Fowler (13 points), Hannah Harbin (11 points) and Haley Burton (10 points). Burton produced her first career double-double with a career-high 11 assists to go along with her 10 points. Allison Szabo also found her way onto the record books, as she tied a Lady Chaps Rip Griffin Center individual record with five blocks (done twice prior by Candace Clenney, with the previous coming Jan. 30, 2006). Nicole Hampton led all players with 10 rebounds in the win. ENMU was led by a 13-point output by Nelsha Peterson, and they also received 12 points each from Lakeeyscia Griffin and Tori Tucker.