LUBBOCK, TX – Too bad it was an exhibition game for the small NAIA school with 2,000 students. No. 19 Lubbock Christian University used 22 points from Brittany Hampton and a 40-29 rebound advantage to upset Texas Tech University 71-65 Monday night at United Spirit Arena.
Lubbock Christian’s Shamika Singleton hit the opening basket and provided LCU a 2-0 lead. With the score tied 4-4, Texas Tech went on a 13-0 run and took a 17-4 lead, as LCU missed six consecutive shots during the run. LCU’s shots began to fall though, as the Lady Chaps ended the drought with their second field goal with 11:02 remaining in the half leading to jumpstart a 14-0 run highlighted by a pair of three pointers from Ashley Coggins to give LCU an 18-17 advantage. An Ashlee Roberson field goal ended the LCU run and Tech regained the lead 19-18. Monique Smalls stole a pass and was fouled on the breakaway layup by Hampton leading to a three-point play and building the Lady Raiders lead to 31-23. The Lady Chaps responded with a 6-0 run and was able to cut the deficit to 34-33 before the halftime horn sounded.
LCU out-rebounded Texas Tech 21-13 in the half and out-shot Tech from the field (LCU- 40%, TTU-39.4%), three-point range (LCU- 28.6%, TTU-16.7%) and from the line (LCU-88.2%, TTU-85.7%). Turnovers gave Texas Tech the edge in the opening half, as Tech forced 16 turnovers leading to 20 points. Roberson led all scorers at the half with 12 points, and also provided four steals. Severyn Smith led LCU in the half with ten points. She was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the half.
Teams opened up the second half trading buckets, with Coggins hitting back-to-back field goals with the shot clock expiring. Smith connected on an inside basket with 14:50 left to start a 6-0 run to give the Lady Chaps a 44-39 advantage. Whitney Wehmeyer nailed a three-pointer for a 51-46 LCU lead with eight minutes remaining, and Hampton buried one with under six minutes remaining for a 54-48 lead, which was LCU’s largest of the night. Tech’s defense, which had caused havoc throughout the night with 19 steals, finally got to the Lady Chaps with under five minutes remaining, and a series of steals led to a 7-0 run and a 55-54 Tech lead with 4:16 left.
Hampton ended the run with a three-point play, as she was fouled by Jordan Barncastle while penetrating the lane with a lay-up. Teams traded the lead several times and LCU was able to build a short 63-57 lead with a pair of Hampton free throws with 1:12 remaining. A Murphree three pointer and a steal on the inbounds gave Tech the ball with 54 seconds remaining down 63-60. Roberson was fouled and sent to the line, making both free throws with 45 seconds left to cut LCU’s lead to 63-62. Hampton was fouled on the ensuing inbound and hit both ends of the one-and-one to give LCU a 65-62 edge. After a Tech miss by Murphree, Hampton ended up with the ball again and returned back to the line to sink another pair of free throws for a 67-62 advantage. LCU scored their final 10 points from the free-throw line over the final 2:30 to seal the victory.
Hampton scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half, and went 15-for-15 from the free-throw line, which would have been a school single-game record for free throws made without a miss if it had been a regular season game. LCU was 26-for-30 (86.7%) from the line in the game. They also received solid line production from Smith, who was 9-for-10 from the line in her 15-point performance. Coggins hit three three-pointers in the game and scored 16 points. Singleton and Wehmeyer each contributed a team-high seven rebounds. The Lady Chaps shot the ball 48% from the field in the second half (12-of-25) and 44.4% (20-of-45) in the game.
Tech was 37.9% from the field in the game after just 12-of-33 (36.4%) shooting in the second half. Their outside shots were not falling, as they were 6-of-26 (23.1%) from long range in the game. Murphree finished the night with a team-high 19 points and Roberson had eight rebounds and eight steals to go along with her 17 points.
The Lady Chaps will have a little time to soak in the NAIA program’s win over a big-time NCAA program, as they will soon prepare to host Our Lady of the Lake University Friday night at 7 p.m. inside Rip Griffin Center.