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Five Lady Chaparrals posted double-figures offensively and Haley Burton led all scorers with 20 points, as Lubbock Christian University opened Heartland Conference play matching the program single-game three-point shooting record they set in their season opener en route to a 94-44 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State University Thursday evening at Rip Griffin Center.
LCU set a program single-game record in their season opener Nov. 12 against Eastern New Mexico with 15 three-pointers, which was the prior home game for the Lady Chaparrals. They matched that number Thursday night, with six different players contributing in the mix. Burton was 5-for-8 beyond the arc to lead the Lady Chaps. Senior Kaycie Boyles, a Missouri-Kansas City transfer, set a career high with two three-point field goals nailed.
The Lady Chaps shot 57.6% (34/59) from the field in the game, while shooting a dismal 55% (11/20) from the free-throw line. It was an uncharacteristic shooting performance from the free-throw line for the Lady Chaps, as the shooting mark was the lowest from the line since Jan. 14, 2010. It was the first time since Feb. 11, 2011 (against St. Gregory's) in which the Lady Chaps field goal shooting percentage was higher than their free-throw shooting percentage.
Lubbock Christian shot 63% (17/27) in the first half and held OPSU to a 17.6% (6/34) shooting mark in the half (OPSU was held to 15 points from the field in the half). The Lady Chaps knocked down eight three-pointers in the half and used a 14-0 run midway through the half to take a 49-21 lead at the half. Burton led all scorers with 12 points in the half.
They did not take their foot off the accelerator to open the second half, as they extended a 4-0 run they took into the half and turned it into a 21-3 run for a 66-24 lead 6:25 into the second half. Hannah Harbin hit the team's record tying 15th three-pointer of the game with 1:52 remaining in the game for the largest lead of the game (94-52). Nine different Lady Chaps had field goals in the second half.
OPSU, 0-4 on the season and 0-1 in conference, was led by Morgan Rickwartz, who was 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from long range for 11 points. Her teammates combined to shoot 14.8% (8/54). The Aggies finished the game 12-of-57 (21.1%) from the field and it was the lowest LCU has held an opponent from the field since holding Arlington Baptist to an 18.9% shooting performance on Nov. 20, 2012. OPSU was just 5-for-35 (14.3%) inside the arc.
Burton notched her fourth 20-plus point performance of the season with her 20-point output and she has posted 20 or more points in two consecutive games. She was joined in double figures by Kelsey Hoppel (16 points), Boyles (16 points), Nicole Hampton (11 points) and Emily Pool (10 points). Hampton also had a game-high nine rebounds, seven assists and a career-high seven steals.
The contest was LCU's first meeting against OPSU since the 1999-2000 season. The Lady Chaps move to 10-1 in conference openers under head coach Steve Gomez, but it was their first ever Heartland Conference opener. LCU is now 3-1 overall with their 1-0 Heartland Conference start. They remain in conference action Saturday at 1 p.m. hosting Newman University for their first ever meeting against a Kansas based program.