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Women's Basketball - Fri, Jan. 10, 2014


LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN (12-1, 7-0) at TEXAS - PERMIAN BASIN (2-10, 1-6)
Saturday, January 11th - 1:00 PM                                                              
UTPB Gym (Odessa, Texas)
Radio: KJAK 92.7 FM       
All-Time Series: LCU leads 11-0

The Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals opened the week's action Monday with an 84-52 win over Eastern New Mexico for their final non-conference game of the season, and now return to Heartland Conference play Saturday at University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The Lady Chaps take a 10-game win streak into the contest seeking their eight straight conference win to remain in first place of the conference as the only unbeaten team in conference play.

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. 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.

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.

With a 44-37 rebound advantage Monday at ENMU, the Lady Chaps now have ten consecutive games in which they have out-rebounded their opposition. Last season, LCU went a stretch of 14 consecutive games out-rebounding the opposition.

Eastern New Mexico's Jasmine Johnson registered 30 points against the Lady Chaps Monday, marking 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 Monday 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.

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 entered the week leading 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.

Monday, six Lady Chaps had at least four rebounds, with Kaycie Boyles leading the team with 10, and four players had at least four assists. Boyles finished with 10 rebounds, 9 points and 5 assists, Allison Szabo had 9 points and 6 rebounds and Haley Fowler produced 10 points, 5 rebounds and a career best 6 assists.

Lubbock Christian leads the Heartland Conference with a shooting percentage of 50.5%, which would rank second 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 (57.3%) ranking fourth in the conference to lead the squad.

LCU's 26 assists Monday was their most assists since 28 (on 36 field goals) in their season opener ironically against Eastern New Mexico.  The Lady Chaparrals lead the Heartland Conference with an average of 19.4 assists per game this season (would rank tied for fifth nationally). They have 252 through 13 games. LCU also holds a 1.2 conference best assist/turnover ratio (13th nationally). Nicole Hampton (2.2) leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio and Haley Burton is second (2.0).

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

The Lady Chaps are averaging 89.2 points a game through their first 13 games and leading the Heartland Conference in the category (would rank fourth nationally). They entered the week 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 (15.0), Emily Pool (13.8), Haley Burton (13.9), Kelsey Hoppel (13.7), and Kaycie Boyles (10.7), 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 77.2% from the free-throw line (10th among all Div. II squads).

The Falcons are off to a struggling start to the season, with a 2-10 overall record and a 1-6 record in conference play. They enter the game seeking to erase a seven-game losing skid. The last five losses have been by an average of 16 point deficits. They are coming off a 75-66 home loss to St. Mary's in which they received a 23-point performance from Valerie Barriga, who leads the team averaging 13.8 points per game. The Falcons are 1-5 at home, with their lone win coming on Nov. 23 against Oklahoma Panhandle State.

LCU is 11-0 all-time against the Lady Falcons.  The last meeting came last season in Lubbock, with LCU winning 79-59 in their season opener. The last time LCU played in Odessa was on Nov. 22, 2004 when both programs were members of the NAIA. LCU won that contest 98-55.  

Nov. 1, 2012 (Lubbock, Texas) - LCU: 79 / UTPB: 59
Four Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals contributed double figures and the balance helped overshadow a 27-point 10-rebound double-double performance by Taniqua Ards and the No.1 Lady Chaps opened the 2012-2013 season with a 79-59 win over University of Texas of the Permian Basin inside Rip Griffin Center.

LCU had a sluggish start getting things going off the start and fell behind 7-1 early into the contest. Kelsey Hoppel made LCU's first field goal and it jump-started a 15-2 run for a 16-9 lead with 11:50 left in the first half. Emily Pool had 11 points in the first half for LCU and her 4-for-7 shooting in the half helped LCU take a 36-25 lead at the half. LCU held a 29-16 rebound advantage in the first half.

Courtney Wilson, who missed the entire 2011/2012 season with an injury, hit a three point field goal in the second half and it put the senior playing in her 55th career game, 5-for-9 in her career from long range. It was part of an early run, which allowed LCU to take a 49-29 lead 4:04 into the half. With 12:34 remaining, Kelsey Canavan made a lay-up to give LCU their largest lead at 58-34. UTPB answered with a 10-0 run and LCU's lead was cut to 65-51 with 5:13 remaining. It would be as close as UTPB would get.

Canavan and Wilson each had 10 points in the second half and they combined to go 8-of-9 from the field in the half. Ards posted 18 of her 27 points in the second half. She was not the only player with a double-double, as LCU's Nicole Hampton produced 10 points and 10 rebounds for her eighth career double-double. Emily Pool led LCU with 19 points and she was joined in double figures by Canavan (16), Wilson (15) and Hampton (10). The Lady Chaps finished with a 47-35 advantage in rebounding and a 20-11 advantage in points from the free-throw line en route to the win.