PORTALES, N.M. (January 6, 2014) – A 30-point and 11-rebound performance by Eastern New Mexico University's Jasmine Johnson was not enough for the Zias, as an active Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals squad had assists on 26 of 33 field goals to garner a 84-52 win for their first win at Greyhound Arena since Dec. 30, 2002.
LCU took command of the game early on, turning a 5-4 lead into a 15-4 lead with a 10-0 run in the opening five minutes, shortly followed with a 16-0 run for a 33-9 lead with 7:48 remaining in the half. LCU had points from five different players during the 16-0 run and was 7-of-11 from the field during the run. Late in the half, LCU had a 9-0 run and built their largest lead at the half at 44-13 with 2:25 remaining. LCU was 57.6% (19/33) from the field in the half and took a 45-17 lead at the break. They were 69.5% (16/23) from inside the arc in the half. The Lady Chaps had assists on 16 of their 19 field goals in the half. ENMU was held to a 23.3% (7/30) shooting mark in the half.
With the large lead, LCU utilized their bench. All 11 LCU participants saw action in the first half and no player played more than 29 minutes. Johnson was 6-of-11 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the second half for a 20-point outing in the half, but her performance had little impact for the Zias. LCU never let their lead slip under 23 points, as they shot 51.9% (14/27) from the field in the half. While Johnson was contributing, the rest of her teammates combined to shoot 5-of-28 (17.9%) in the half.
The Lady Chaps received a team-leading 15 points from Kelsey Hoppel and 14 points from Haley Burton, but most of the statistics were balanced out. Six Lady Chaps had at least four rebounds, with Kaycie Boyles leading the team with 10, and four players with at least four assists. Boyles had five assists to go along with 10 rebounds and nine points, and Haley Burton produced 10 points, five rebounds and a career-high six assists. LCU's 26 assists was their most assists since 28 (on 36 field goals) in their season opener ironically against Eastern New Mexico.
It was a long night for the Zias, who suffered their first home loss (2-1) of the season, shooting 26.1% (18/69) from the field. They made their second three-point attempt but missed their remaining 14 attempts to finish 1-of-16 (6.3%) in the game. Johnson is the first player to notch 30 points against LCU since Donica Cosby of Oklahoma City scored 30 on Mar. 5, 2010 against LCU.
Emily Pool made history again for LCU, as the senior tallied nine points and surpassed Darla Lynch (1,529 points from 1979-1983) to move into fourth place on LCU's all-time career scoring list with 1,535 career points. She needs 180 points to move into the top-three for the Lady Chaps.
The win was the tenth consecutive win for the Lady Chaps and it improves their record to 12-1 on the season. ENMU fell to 2-7 with the loss. The contest was LCU's final nonconference game of the season. They return to Heartland Conference action Saturday at 1 p.m. in Odessa, Texas facing Texas-Permian Basin.