JACKSON, Tenn (March 18, 2009) - For the fourth consecutive season, the Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals will have an overnight stay at the NAIA National Championships, as Jordan Hampton had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the No. 3 seeded and No. 10 nationally ranked Lady Chaps past No. 6 seeded and No. 24 nationally ranked William Woods University 57-51. They advance to play Point Loma University at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at Oman Arena.
Each team struggled from the field in the contest. William Woods shot just 29% (18/62) from the field and LCU shot 32.8% (19/58). The poor shooting kept LCU from running away with the contest, as they led throughout most of the contest. They led as much as 16-9 to open the game but the Owls used a 12-3 run and their short-lived lead came at the end of the half, as they took a 26-25 halftime lead into the locker room.
The Lady Chaps opened up the second half on a 15-5 run, as the Owls were 2-for-16 from the field to open the second half. Once the Lady Chaps were able to garner some offense, they never allowed the Owls to get within three points the rest of the way. LCU was solid shutting down Rachel Baker, who entered the game averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds. She did record a double-double with 11 points and 17 rebounds, but only two were offensive rebounds and she was held to just four points in the second half. Baker was 4-for-14 from the field offensively.
LCU forced the Owls into 15 turnovers. Offensively, Bailey St. Clair had a solid contribution to go along with Hampon's 19 points. St. Clair finished with eight points in the second half and had 15 points in the game. The Lady Chaps are now 27-6 on the season and they are 8-5 all-time in Jackson. WWU ends their season at 21-11 after turning around a 4-23 season from last year. It was just the first loss for the Owls since February 19th and their third loss since they forfeited their opening seven victories for the use of an ineligible player.Point Loma defeated Auburn-Montgomery prior to LCU's contest to set up Friday's second round match-up. It will be their first meeting in Jackson since meeting in the opening round in 2006 (LCU won 69-54).