ALPINE, Texas (November 5, 2016) – No.11 Lubbock Christian University used a 22-8 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to cap a 73-45 exhibition road win at Sul Ross State Saturday at Gallegos Center.
LCU won by 28 points despite shooting under 37% from the field. Each team was grinding off the rust and attempting to build chemistry. LCU started five players that did not start in their last game, which was the NCAA Division II Championship Game in Indianapolis. LCU returned one starter from that squad (Tess Bruffey) and she did not play. Meanwhile, NCAA Division III Sul Ross was playing their first game with former Lady Chaps assistant coach Caleb Henson at the helm of the Lobos.
LCU led 16-6 in the opening quarter, getting three-pointers from Bailey Haist and Hannah Harbin to close the quarter on a 10-0 run. LCU never led by more than 13 in the first half, as each squad had 19 points in the second quarter. Haist had a trio of three pointers in the first half and had a game-high nine points in the half to give LCU a 35-25 halftime lead. Allison Szabo had seven rebounds and six points in the half as well for LCU.
Sul Ross opened the second half with a field goal, but Haist answered with her fourth three-pointer and it sparked an 8-0 LCU run. Sisters Bobbi Chitsey and Maddi Chitsey combined for the final eight points of the third quarter and LCU led 51-37. LCU hit seven field goals in the fourth quarter, with four coming from downtown (two by Allea Harris and the team was 4-of-6 from long range in the quarter). Seven different Lady Chaps contributed to the fourth quarter offense.
LCU out-rebounded Sul Ross 44-39, getting 18 offensive rebounds leading to a 20-4 advantage in second chance scoring. The Lady Chaps were disciplined with their offense, turning the ball over eight times (once in the fourth quarter). They forced 19 turnovers leading to a 14-5 scoring advantage in points off turnovers. LCU was 36.2% (25/69) from the field, while Sul Ross was 33.3% (18/54). The Lady Chaps were 10-for-24 (41.7%) from three-point range and had an 18-point scoring advantage from long range.
Haist, with five three-pointers, led all scorers with 15 points. Szabo produced a double-double with 12 rebounds and 11 points. Kenya Miles and Lubbock native Katy Boren (formerly of St. Edward’s and Lubbock Cooper High School) co-led the Lobos with eight points.
The game was LCU’s lone exhibition game of the year. They will head to Denver Friday to open the regular season facing Metropolitan State University, who is hosting the Holiday Inn Denver Cherry Creek Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. (Central).