News Photo
Women's Basketball - Thu, Jan. 23, 2014


LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN (15-1, 10-0) at NEWMAN (9-8, 6-5)
Thursday, January 23rd - 5:30 PM                                                   
Fugate Gymnasium (Wichita, Kan.)

Radio: KJAK 92.7 FM        
All-Time Series: LCU leads 1-0

The Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals make their northern most road trip of the season this week in Heartland Conference, as they take a 13-game win streak to Wichita, Kan. to face Newman University Thursday before completing the week's action Saturday in Goodwell, Okla. facing Oklahoma Panhandle State University. The trip wraps up a six-game road trip for the Lady Chaps, which included stops in Portales, N.M., Odessa, Texas, Austin, Texas and Abilene, Texas.

Kelsey Hoppel posted 19 points and Lubbock Christian University used a 22-point differential from the free-throw line and an 11-point advantage in points off turnovers to defeat McMurry University 85-70 Saturday afternoon inside Kimbrell Arena.

Ana Dominguez tallied the opening four points of the game for McMurry and supplied the War Hawks with a 4-0 lead. LCU would respond with the next eight points for an 8-4 advantage, but they were plagued early by turnovers with seven in the opening six minutes of the game. They would turn the table over a six minute span by going on a 13-0 run and forcing MCM into six turnovers for a 27-10 lead with 7:18 to go in the opening half. LCU's scoring balance was spread out to open the game as their first seven field goals were tallied by seven different individuals. The Lady Chaps went to the line for 23 free-throw attempts in the half and converted on 21 of them for a 91.3% shooting mark. The conversions led to a 44-28 halftime lead. Hoppel led LCU with 10 points in the half.

Lubbock Christian opened the second half on an 11-2 surge in the opening four minutes and led 55-32. The game was not over, as MCM responded with 14-2 run to cut LCU's lead to 57-46 as 11 minutes remained. The War Hawks hung around until Haley Burton tallied four straight points to spark a 9-0 LCU run to extend their lead to 74-53 with 5:40 remaining. LCU extended the game to a 22-point margin (81-59) before MCM responded by closing the game's final 3:20 by out-scoring the Lady Chaps 11-4.

LCU went 29-of-33 (87.9%) from the free-throw line in the game, while MCM was 7-of-12 (58.3%). Each team had 21 turnovers, but LCU out-scored MCM 32-21 in points off turnovers. Each of the team's leading scorers were high school teammates at Midland High School. MCM's Midland High product, Keshia Collins, led the War Hawks with 14 points. LCU's MHS product is Hoppel, who led LCU with a game-high 19 points. She also had four steals in the game. Hoppel was joined in double figures by teammates Nicole Hampton (14 points), Kaycie Boyles (14 points) and Haley Burton (10 points). Hampton was 5-of-6 from the field in her shooting performance. LCU's starters combined to go 25-of-27 (92.6%) from the free-throw line, with Hoppel leading the way with a mark of 7-for-7. LCU (49.1% 26/53) out-shot MCM (43.9% 29/66) from the field despite MCM producing their second best mark of the season.

LCU was out-rebounded 45-43 Thursday at St. Edwards , ending a streak of 11 consecutive games in which they had out-rebounded their opposition. Last season, LCU went a stretch of 14 consecutive games out-rebounding the opposition. LCU has out-rebounded the opposition in  12 of their last 13 games.

Eighteen (18) times this season, an LCU player has shot 100% from the free-throw line in a game this season (with at least three attempts). Nicole Hampton set a program record Saturday at McMurry with a 14-for-14 mark from the line. As for the opposition, LCU opponents have only had two players shoot 100% from the line against the Lady Chaps this season (on a minimum of three attempts).

LCU has found themselves trailing in the first half in each of their last seven games played. The last time LCU led from start to finish was on Dec. 7 at Rogers State.

The Lady Chaps enter the week as the only unbeaten team in Heartland Conference play (10-0). LCU is one of 11 NCAA Div. II programs with one or fewer losses on the season.  

Lubbock Christian head coach Steve Gomez is LCU's winningest coach and he enters the week a win away from his 250th career victory.   

Nicole Hampton entered the week leading the Heartland Conference in steals (42) and is second in steals per game (2.6). LCU has two of the top eight steal leaders, with Kelsey Hoppel ranking eighth with 30 on the season for a 1.9 per game average.

Lubbock Christian leads the Heartland Conference with a shooting percentage of 50.1%, which would lead 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 (58.9%) ranking second in the conference to lead the squad.

The Lady Chaparrals lead the Heartland Conference with an average of 18.6 assists per game this season (would rank ninth nationally). They have 297 through 16 games. LCU also holds a 1.1 conference best assist/turnover ratio (19th nationally). Nicole Hampton (1.9) leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio.

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 140 three-pointers and is nine away from breaking into the career top-five in program history.

The Lady Chaps are averaging 88.4 points a game through their first 16 games and leading the Heartland Conference in the category (would rank third nationally). They enter the week averaging 9.9 points per game more than St. Edward's, who is the next closest. Helping them with the offense is starters Nicole Hampton (15.8), Emily Pool (13.3), Haley Burton (14.3), Kelsey Hoppel (14), and Kaycie Boyles (11.1), 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 78.1% from the free-throw line (sixth among all Div. II squads).

The Jets had a four-game win streak end Saturday at Oklahoma Christian, as they fell 62-56. They are 9-8 overall and in fifth place in the conference with a 6-5 Heartland record.  They are 6-4 at home, where they have won four consecutive games. Newman ranks third in the conference with a 42.5% shooting mark. Alexandra Ciabattoni is the conference's leading scorer with a pace of 20.1 points a game.

Thursday's meeting will mark the first time ever for LCU to play a game on Kansas soil. The first meeting between the two teams (11/23/13) was the first time LCU had played a Kansas based program. LCU won the contest 95-66.  

Nov. 23, 2013 (Lubbock, Texas) - LCU: 95 / NU: 66
Seven Lady Chaparrals notched double-figures and Nicole Hampton scored 21 points in the first half to complete a double-double and lead Lubbock Christian University to a 95-66 win over Newman University in a Heartland Conference tilt inside Rip Griffin Center.

The Lady Chaps actually got off to a rugged start, going 1-of-6 from the field to open the game.  Newman led 9-4 just three minutes into the game before the LCU offense warmed up.  The teams traded leads seven times until LCU went on a 16-0 run late in the first half for a 49-26 lead with 4:15 remaining. Nicole Hampton was 8-of-9 from the field in the first half and her reverse layup at the horn gave herself a 21-point half and the Lady Chaps a 56-33 halftime lead. Eighteen of the first half scoring came from the line, as LCU knocked down 18 out of 19 free-throw attempts in the half.

Alexandra Ciabattoni tried to get Newman back into the game in the second half by scoring four of the team's first five field goals in the opening six minutes of the half, but the Jets leading scorer was held without a point for the remainder of the game. LCU went on a 15-4 run during the time they held Ciabattoni to her final bucket and built the lead to 76-43 with 13:24 remaining for their largest lead. Senior Kayci Boyles, who finished matching a career high with three blocks, tallied 10 points in the second half for LCU.

Emily Pool, who was celebrating a birthday, matched an LCU single-game Rip Griffin Center record going 10-for-10 from the free throw line.  The feat had only been done inside the building once before and it was completed by Tabitha Qubty-Sellers (10-for-10 on Jan. 18, 2001 vs. Oklahoma Christian). LCU was 22-of-23 from the line in the game until closing out the game missing four of their final five attempts for a 23-of-28 (82.1%) final mark. Hampton completed her first double-double of the season and the 26th of her career with 23 points and 11 rebounds. She also had a game-high five assists. Hampton was joined by Pool (14 points), Boyles (13), Kelsey Hoppel (11 points), Blair Taylor (10 points), Haley Fowler (10 points) and Haley Burton (10 points) in double figures for LCU. Newman was led by Ciabattoni's 17 points 15 points from Shakeira Copeland.