LUBBOCK, Texas – Freshman Emily Atkins posted 22 points and Courtney Wilson contributed 20 points to lead Lubbock Christian University to a 90-60 Sooner Athletic Conference victory over Oklahoma Christian University Saturday afternoon inside Rip Griffin Center for their most lopsided victory of the 39 all-time meetings between the two programs.
LCU connected on five three-pointers on their first seven attempts in the first half, but then missed nine consecutive attempts while OC was 5-of-10 in the first half from beyond the arc. The Lady Chaps used an 8-1 run to grab some separation with seven minutes remaining in the opening half to take a 32-21 lead. They led 40-31 at the half and out-scored OC 11-2 in second chance scoring in the half. The Lady Chaps out-rebounded OC 21-11 in the half, with Haley Burton garnering six of her game-high eight rebounds in the half for LCU.
The Lady Chaps went on a 15-5 scoring outburst early in the second half and extended their lead to 58-38. The lead progressed from there and LCU dominated in the paint with Wilson and Atkins headlining a 26-8 scoring advantage in paint scoring during the half. Atkins supplied LCU with 18 of her 22 points in the second half and Wilson produced 12 of her career-high 20 points in the second half before fouling out with just over five minutes remaining.
LCU shot 50% (31/62) from the field in the game and they shot 54.5% (18/33) in the second half. The Lady Chaps had a 45-31 rebounding advantage, with 16 offensive rebounds (four by April Ehlers). Burton joined Atkins and Wilson in double figures with 13 points. Atkins (7/10) and Wilson (9/12) combined to shoot 72.7% (16/22) from the field. The Lady Chaps dressed nine active players and all nine contributed into the offense. OC did receive solid production from the perimeter, going 8-of-16 (50%) from three-point range. Three of the long range connections were by Katy Clift, who led OC with 18 points. Katy O'Steen also finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for OC.
The win improves LCU's home record to 8-0. They are 12-6 overall and 9-3 in the SAC. OC falls to 9-11 overall and 3-9 in the conference. The Lady Chaps will remain home Thursday to host conference leading Oklahoma City University Thursday at 6 p.m. inside Rip Griffin Center.
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