LUBBOCK, Texas (January 26, 2012) - No.1 Lubbock Christian University set a program single-game record with a 64% field goal shooting performance and Nicole Hampton was two assists away from a triple-double, as her 22-point and 13-rebound performance helped the Lady Chaparrals defeat No.15 Rogers State University 100-78 Saturday afternoon in Sooner Athletic Conference action inside Rip Griffin Center.
Despite shooting 64% from the field, which topped the previous mark of 63.2% on Feb. 11, 2011 against St. Gregory's, LCU was initially in a dogfight against the Hillcats. A 5-for-5 shooting performance from three-point range, with a 3-for-3 start by Haley Burton beyond the arc, helped LCU take a 25-12 lead six minutes into the game. The long range shots would quickly turn sour for the Lady Chaps as they were unable to hit another three-pointer the remainder of the half (on nine attempts). RSU climbed back into the game with hot shooting from Kelby Fritz, who scored all 13 of her points in the first half. The Hillcats climbed back to take a 43-41 lead before LCU closed the half with a 6-0 run, which featured a Burton runner with three seconds remaining for a 47-43 halftime lead.
LCU's three-point shooting success returned in the second half. Burton nailed back-to-back three-pointers in the opening two minutes and Kelsey Hoppel connected on her first attempt of the half for a 61-49 lead (15:07 remaining) and LCU's lead never dipped below double figures from that point. Hampton would help LCU open the half 4-for-4 from long range and she scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half. Emily Atkins led LCU and all scorers with 23 points and nine of her points came in the final 3:40 of the game.
The Lady Chaps would shoot 68.2% in the second half, only missing seven of their 22 shot attempts. For the contest, LCU was 32/50 from the field and 11-of-23 from three-point range (47.8%). Inside the arc, LCU was 21-for-27 (77.8%). The 64% shooting mark is the best by a SAC team this season and the best mark since Oklahoma City shot 71.9% (vs. Baptist Bible) on Nov.13, 2010. Their lone downfall was 19 turnovers leading to a 23-16 points-off-turnovers advantage by RSU. The Hillcats received 15 points from Leah Smith and 14 from Logan Froese to go along with Fritz's performance. LCU had a trio of players with over 20 points and four in double figures. Atkins, who was 4-of-6 from long range, had 23 points, Burton, 5-of-8 from three-point distance, had 22 points and Hampton had 22 points. Hampton also had 8 assists and three blocks. Kelsey Canavan produced 10 points in the first half for LCU and finished with 14 points.
LCU reached 100 points for a second time this season. It marks the eighth time LCU has reached at least 100 points in a game under Steve Gomez's coaching tenure and the 17th time overall in program history. The win, LCU's fourth straight, improves them to 20-1 on the season and 7-1 in the SAC. RSU falls to 16-6 overall and 6-2 in SAC play. LCU heads to Oklahoma City next week and begins their trip facing Mid-America Christian University Thursday at 6 p.m.