ODESSA, Texas (January 11, 2014) – Haley Burton scored a career-high 25 points, Nicole Hampton recorded a 21-point and 11-rebound double-double, and Lubbock Christian University needed a 9-2 run with seven minutes remaining to defeat University of Texas of the Permian Basin 88-79 in Heartland Conference action Saturday afternoon. The win was the 11th consecutive win for LCU and it keeps them atop the conference standings with an 8-0 record.
Trailing at the half for only the second time this season, LCU had to rally from a 45-38 halftime deficit. They did it with an 11-0 run to give them a 53-47 lead five minutes into the half. Haley Fowler was 3-of-3 from the field in the half and two of the field goals came during the run. They built the run to a 15-2 run with a Kaycie Boyles lay-up with 14:31 to go for a 55-49 lead. Valerie Barriga scored 21 of her team-leading 25 points in the second half and she spearheaded a 10-2 Falcons run to tie the game 59-59 three minutes later. Barriga hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 63-63 with 9:41 remaining. LCU's key run came with 7:29 remaining while leading 68-66. Hampton nailed a three-point field goal with 5:45 remaining to cap a 9-2 run for a 79-70 advantage. The closest the Falcons would get in the game's remainder would be a 84-79 with 56 seconds remaining.
The Lady Chaps shot 65.5% (19/29) in the second half and received 15 points from Haley Burton in the half. They also forced UTPB from shooting 56.7% (17/30) in the first half to 32.4% (12/37) in the second half.
UTPB was solid behind the arc in the first half, going 8-of-12 (66.7%) from long range. They opened the game 10-of-14 from three-point range before finishing the game 11-of-22 (closed the game 1-of-8). After a pair of free-throws by Boyles to open the game's scoring, UTPB went on a 9-0 run with a trio of three-pointers. LCU answered back with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 9-9 4:30 into the game. An 8-1 run provided the Falcons their largest lead (40-32) with 3:47 to go in the half. Giselle Loya scored 16 points in the first half for UTPB, but was held scoreless in the second half.
Burton led a foursome of double-figure point producers for LCU with her career-best 25 points. Nicole Hampton was 7-of-9 from the field and added five assists while producing her 28th career double-double and the third of the season. Kelsey Hoppel, a native of nearby Midland, Texas, produced 15 points in front of a slew of friends and family members, and Boyles added 12 points. LCU was 54.4% (31/57) from the field and 53.3% (8/15) from three-point range. UTPB received 11 points each from Brianna Jones and Shaquiri Graham to go along with Loya and Barriga's totals.
LCU improved to 12-0 all-time against UTPB. They also improved to 12-1 overall, while UTPB fell to 2-11 overall and 1-7 in conference. The loss was their eighth consecutive loss. LCU, now 2-0 on their season long six-game road swing, will head to Austin, Texas Thursday to face St. Edward's University.