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Burton's Career High Helps LCU Surge Past RSU And Remain Unbeaten Atop Conference
Chris Due - LCU Athletic Media Relations Director
LUBBOCK, Texas (January 30, 2014) – Haley Burton produced a career-high 28 points, matching a career high with six three-pointers, and Lubbock Christian University produced 14 three-pointers to cruise past Rogers State University 94-75 Thursday night in Heartland Conference action inside Rip Griffin Center. The win was LCU’s 16th consecutive win, placing them a win away from matching a program best 17-game win streak from the 2011-2012 season and it keeps them atop the Heartland Conference standings with a 13-0 first-place record.
LCU had to play from behind in the first half, missing their first six shot attempts to fall behind 7-2. They would eventually to fight back from a 13-5 deficit in the half. LCU went on a 10-2 run midway through the half and back-to-back three-pointers by Kelsey Hoppel, during the run, gave LCU a 28-25 lead with 9:57 left in the half. LCU would not trail from that point on. The 10-2 run was part of a 22-6 run by LCU to close the half with a 45-34 lead. Burton led LCU with 14 points in the half.
RSU rallied back early in the second half with a 12-4 advantage to cut LCU’s lead to 52-48 with 16:32 remaining. Burton answered with a layup and it was followed by a three-pointer by Hoppel for a 59-48 LCU lead. The trey by Hoppel was her 159th of her career tying her for fourth all-time in program history (with Brandi Grider from 1995-99). LCU would eventually surge with a 19-1 run, holding RSU without a field goal for a span of 5:53, leading to a 79-54 lead with 7:34 left.
Burton had 14 more in the second half leading to her career-high night. She was 9-of-13 from the field in the game and was 6-of-8 from long range. Her six treys matched a career high and she was a three-pointer shy of the Lady Chaps program single-game Rip Griffin Center record. The team produced 14 three-pointers, which was one shy from a season high in three-pointers and one shy of matching the arena record (15 done twice this season). Half (14) of LCU’s 28 field goals were from long distance, as they were 14-of-25 (56%) from downtown. They were 14-of-35 (40%) inside the arc. RSU opened the game 2-of-4 from three-point range before going 3-for-20 (15%) the rest of the way.
Along with Burton’s 28 points, LCU received 13 points from Emily Pool, 12 points from Kelsey Hoppel, 11 points from Nicole Hampton and 10 from Haley Fowler, as LCU had five players in double figures. Pool’s 13 points placed her with 1,600 career points. Hampton co-led LCU with eight rebounds and she moved into fourth place all-time in career rebounds. Her 728 career rebounds moved her past Beth Capps (721 from 1993-97) on LCU’s all-time list. RSU did out-score LCU 28-20 in the paint and they received 17 points from Katy Harsen. Clarissa Cannon posted 15 points and Breanna Burford contributed 11 points in the loss for the Hillcats.
LCU has now won 16 consecutive games, which is the third longest active streak in NCAA Div. II. They are 18-1 overall and 13-0 in Heartland Conference play. RSU fell to 7-13 overall and 4-10 in conference. LCU was playing their first home game since Jan. 4 and they improve to 6-0 at Rip Griffin Center. They remain home Saturday to host Arkansas – Fort Smith, who won in overtime Thursday at Texas – Permian Basin.