By: Chris Due - Athletics Media Relations Director
LUBBOCK, Texas (January 4, 2014) – Six Lady Chaparrals contributed double figures in points and Lubbock Christian University set a program record in points for a conference game en route to a 104-66 win over Texas A&M International in a match-up of previously unbeaten teams in Heartland Conference play Saturday afternoon inside Rip Griffin Center.
The Dustdevils tried to take the early momentum by knocking down their opening two shot attempts for a 4-0 lead, but LCU would quickly steal the spotlight. An 11-0 run, as part of a 13-1 run, by the Lady Chaps would quickly give them a 13-5 lead four minutes into the contest. LCU would use another big run in the half, as a 9-2 run late in the half helped LCU close the final 4:56 of the half out-scoring TAMIU 20-7 for a 51-33 halftime lead. TAMIU was shooting over 45.8% in the half until closing the half 2-for-10 to shoot 38.2% (13/34) overall in the opening 20 minutes. LCU had a trio of players in double figures the first half, as Kelsey Hoppel registered 12 points and Haley Burton and Haley Fowler each had 10 points.
LCU did not go cold in the second half. They improved off a 47.5% (19/40) shooting mark in the opening half with a shooting percentage of 61.3% (19/31) in the second half. The Lady Chaps never led by less than 22 points over the final 16:33. They received 11 points in the half by Emily Pool and received 22 points in the half off their bench.
The Lady Chaps were 77% (17/22) inside the arc in the second half and finished the game 62.7% (32/51) inside the perimeter. Overall, LCU was 53.5% (38/71) from the field. LCU out-scored TAMIU 60-26 inside the paint. Nicole Hampton missed out on a double-double and triple-double for LCU, as she had 16 points with 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Hoppel matched Hampton with a game-co-leading 16 points. Pool finished with 15 points, Kaycie Boyles with 13 points and 12 points each for Burton and Fowler. TAMIU was led in the loss with 14 points from Malika Jackson, 12 points from Jessica Prieto and 10 points from Samantha Chacon.
LCU posted over 100 points in a game for the third time this season and for the second time in a conference game. They have only posted 100 or more points in a conference game three times in program history. LCU hit the 100-point plateau for just the second time ever at home in a conference game (100 vs. Rogers State on Jan. 26, 2013 was the first) and the 104 points was a program best for a conference game at home. It marks the 11th time LCU has reached at least 100 points in a game under Steve Gomez’s coaching tenure and the 20th time overall in program history.
The win was LCU’s ninth consecutive win and they remain unbeaten in conference play (7-0). They are 11-1 overall. TAMIU fell to 10-3 overall and the loss was their first in Heartland Conference play (6-1). The win also keeps LCU perfect all-time (3-0) against TAMIU, who they have not faced since Nov. 20, 2006. LCU will not be back home until Jan. 30, and will head to Portales, N.M. Monday to face Eastern New Mexico at 7:30 p.m. (Central) to begin a six-game road trip.