JACKSON, TN (KCBD) - Lubbock Christian University clinched its third quarterfinal appearance in eight trips to the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship with a 66-60 victory against Bethel (Tenn.) Friday in Oman Arena. With the win, the Lady Chaparrals improve their record to 23-9 and will take on Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Saturday at 4 p.m. CDT.
Bethel's season comes to a close with a record of 27-7 as the Lady Wildcats exit from their third National Championship appearance.
Brittany Hampton's 3-pointer at the 13:44 mark in the first half was the junior's 1,000th-career point and tied the game at 12-12 after the Lady Chaps got behind by eight points early. The first half of action featured four ties, with Bethel's largest lead being eight points and Lubbock Christian's at four. At the break, the Lady Chaps held a slight 33-31 advantage.
The Lubbock Christian held its lead throughout the second half, with the largest margin coming at 4:59 on a trey from Renee Wilson, 57-46. Bethel scraped its way back, but got no closer than six points in the final minute.
Three Lady Chaps had double-figure scoring efforts in the win. Hampton finished as the game's leading scorer with 15 points, knocking down 8-of-9 free throw attempts. Right behind her with a 13-point performance was Haley Burton and Renee Wilson with 11 points. The Lubbock Christian defense forced Bethel into 22 turnovers and held the Lady Wildcats to just 25 percent from the field in the second half.
Bethel had a trio of players put forth double-figure rebounding efforts, including a double-double by Jana Roney with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Darnisha Lyles was the game's leading rebounder with 11 and Teena Carter pulled down 10 boards of her own. Molly Wallsmith contributed 10 points.