LUBBOCK, Texas (January 24, 2009) - In a rugged contest that saw teams combine for 32 % shooting and 33 field goals, it was the No. 12 Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals edging out the Oklahoma Christian University Lady Eagles 54-45 Saturday afternoon at Rip Griffin Center.
Surprisingly enough, the Lady Chaps claimed the win with just 16 field goals, which is not only a season low but it is the first time they have won a game with just 16 or less field goals since defeating Oklahoma Christian in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament last season. It was an ugly game from the start. On the opening LCU possession, sharp shooting senior Jordan Hampton fired up an airball from three point range on an open look. It was a sign for things to come. LCU went a span of 11:07 without a field goal in the first half, which included 0-for-10 shooting and four turnovers. Regardless, they never lost their lead during the span because the Lady Eagles were having the same dry spell. Oklahoma Christian went a span of 11:27 going 1-for-14 from the field, with the longest span between successful field goals lasting 7:25. Teams combined for just 39 first-half points, with LCU holding a 22-17 advantage.
LCU opened up the second half on an 11-2 run and built their largest lead with a 33-19 advantage. With just under three minutes remaining and LCU leading 47-38, OC attempted a comeback. A 7-1 Lady Eagles run cut the Lady Chaps lead down to 48-45 with 1:53 remaining, but it was as close as they would get. Devin Sewell missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw set and Haley Myers and Katy Clift each missed three-point shots and the Lady Chaps closed with a 6-0 run.
The Lady Chaps shot just 32.7% in the game, converting on 16 of 49 shot attempts. They were just 4-for-22 from three point range and a miserable 18-for-30 (60%) from the free-throw line. Bailey St. Clair was just 5-for-12 from the free-throw line, missing out on a double-double outing by just one point. She had nine points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds. OC's numbers were not any better. The Lady Eagles were 31.5% from the field, hitting 17 of 54 shots in the game. They were 22.2% (4-for-18) from three-point range.
An individual not having any problems offensively was OC's Hillary Duncan. She was 8-for-10 from the field and led all scorers with 17 points. Brittney Kennedy was a rebound shy of a double-double, as she finished with nine to go along with 12 points. LCU was led by Ashley Coggins. She went 6-for-13 from the field and led the team with 16 points. Jordan Hampton also finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for LCU.
The 99 combined points for both squads was the least amount of combined points in an LCU contest since LCU defeated St. Gregory's 50-40 on 2/1/07, which is also the last time LCU won a contest scoring under 55 points. The most important part for LCU was they improved to 16-3 overall and 9-2 in conference while collecting their third consecutive win. OC drops to 12-7 and 5-6 with their second consecutive loss. LCU remains home and will host John Brown University Thursday at 6 p.m. inside Rip Griffin Center.