OKLAHOMA CITY (January 5, 2009) - For just the second time in program history and for the first time since January 23, 1997, the co-No.6 Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals earned a victory at Oklahoma City University, as the Lady Chaps ended the No.2 Stars 19-game Sooner Athletic Conference home winning streak with a 69-65 victory Monday at Abe Lemons Arena.
In a contest that saw the score tied 11 times and the lead switch hand on nine occasions, the Lady Chaps were able to overcome a ten-point first half deficit and a 40-24 rebound disadvantage to prevail and improve to 12-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play.
With 6:23 remaining in the opening half, a jumper by Laura Duncan provided the Stars a 31-21 lead and capped a 6-0 run. The Lady Chaps closed the half on a 10-0 run with three pointers from Jordan Hampton and Ashley Coggins to assist the Lady Chaps charge to tie the contest at 31-31. The three-pointer by Coggins was one of five in the game, as she was five-for-seven from three-point range for a career-high 19 points leading all scorers.
The second half was up for grabs with seven lead changes highlighting the flow of the half. Trailing 58-57 with 2:42 remaining, LCU responded with a Coggins three-pointer and received five straight points from Jordan Hampton (a pair of free throws and a three-point shot from the left-corner) to cap a quick 8-2 run to place LCU with a 65-60 lead with 1:19 remaining. LCU used free throws the rest of the way to hold of the Stars.
Hampton finished with 15 points, scoring 12 in the second half. The Lady Chaps forced the Stars into 21 turnovers. The Lady Chaps shot just 37.5% in the game (21-of-56), but they were 8-of-17 (47.1%) from three-point range. Their defense did hold the NAIA's leading field goal shooting team to just 41.4% from the field (24-of-58) and 4-for-15 (26.7%) from beyond the arch. OCU was led by Breezy Martin, who racked up a double-double with 11 rebounds to go along with 17 points. She also notched nine offensive rebounds. Chontaye Walter led the Stars offensively with 18 points.
The win was just the fifth win for LCU over OCU all-time. The Lady Chaps are now 5-30 against OCU. The Lady Chaps finally return home Thursday to host No. 19 Southern Nazarene at 6 p.m. inside Rip Griffin Center. LCU has not played at home since November 24th.