LUBBOCK, Texas (January 8, 2011) – Freshman Haley Burton posted 14 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 19 points off an 8-of-10 shooting performance to lead Lubbock Christian University to an 81-60 Sooner Athletic Conference victory over University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma Saturday afternoon at Rip Griffin Center for the fifth consecutive LCU win.
The Lady Chaps took advantage of 14 turnovers in the first half to outscore the Lady Drovers 22-2 in points off turnovers in the half. They used a 14-1 run to pull away from a 6-6 tie and take a 20-7 lead with 11:48 remaining in the half. Burton had five of her 14 first-half points during the run. She was 6-of-8 from the field in the opening half and hit two of LCU's five three-pointers in the half. The Lady Chaps out-rebounded USAO 22-14 in the opening half, with 11 rebounds coming on the offensive end for LCU, leading to a 13-4 advantage in second-effort scoring.
LCU continued to take advantage of USAO turnovers in the second half. The Lady Chaps shot the ball 53.8% (14/26) in the second half and received offensive production from nine different players in the half. LCU never let the lead slip under 15 points in the second half.
The Lady Chaps committed 15 turnovers and forced 23, but USAO could not take advantage of LCU's turnovers. LCU outscored USAO 33-6 in points off turnovers. They also out-rebounded USAO 38-29, with 16 offensive rebounds. Along with Burton's 19 points, LCU received 11 points from Severyn Smith and 10 from Emily Atkins. All ten players that played collected at least three points for LCU. Six different players connected on three-point field goals for LCU, as they were 9-of-20 (45%) from long range. USAO's turnovers overshadowed a decent shooting performance, as USAO was 45.3% (24/53) from the field. They received 18 points from Aita Gaye, 12 points from Tiffany Jupin, who was 4-of-6 beyond the arc, and 10 points from Korie Hargus.
The win for LCU places them with a four-game conference win streak and with a 6-2 conference record. They are 9-5 overall. The Drovers fall to 6-8 overall and 2-5 in the SAC with the loss. LCU will return to action Thursday night at 6 p.m. in Claremore, Okla. facing Rogers State University for a conference battle.
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