BOLIVAR, Mo. (December 1, 2016) – Southwest Baptist remained unbeaten at John Q. Hammons Court, with Megan Rosenbohm leading all scorers with 25 points to defeat Lubbock Christian University 67-54 Thursday evening in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
The Lady Chaps trailed throughout, with the Bearcats opening the game's scoring 12 seconds in with a layup by Caylee Richardson. She would hit again to cap a 6-2 run to open the game. LCU's Allea Harris connected on a three-pointer with 2:45 left in the opening quarter to cut the deficit to 12-11 and it was one of two occasions LCU had the deficit to a one-point differential before SBU closed the quarter on a 4-0 run for a 16-11 lead. SBU built the lead to 24-14 with 5:33 remaining in the second quarter before LCU rattled off four consecutive field goals and closed the half making six of seven field goal attempts to cut the deficit to 31-27 at the half. Although LCU closed the half on a 13-4 run, they did not score more than five consecutive points at any time during the run, with the 5-0 run to close the half coming off a three-pointer from Bailey Haist and a layup by Tess Bruffey.
LCU was 7-of-12 from the field in the second quarter (58.3%), but SBU had six more points than LCU (9-3) from the free-throw line in the half. Rosenbohm led all scorers with 11 points in the half, while Bruffey led LCU with seven points in the half.
SBU held off any run the Lady Chaps attempted to establish in the second half. Hannah Harbin converted a layup 1:09 into the second half to cut the deficit to 31-29, but Aliyah Isaac answered for SBU with her second three-pointer of the season to place the Bearcats up 34-29. Haist hit a three-pointer with 5:38 left in the third quarter to cut the Bearcats lead to 38-33, but again SBU answered, as Natalie O'Keefe's jumper to answer Haist's three-pointer was one of six consecutive field goals made in the quarter. SBU opened the quarter 8-of-10 from the field and had a 10-2 run to go up 48-35 with 3:01 left in the quarter.
The Lady Chaps attempted another small rally in the fourth quarter, extending a 5-0 run in the third quarter to a 7-0 run with 8:10 left in the fourth quarter. It cut the SBU lead to 48-42. LCU trimmed the SBU lead to 53-49 with 4:47 remaining, but Alex Botkin picked a timely opportunity to garner her first field goal, hitting a three-pointer with 4:28 remaining to extend the lead to 56-49. SBU would close the game on a 14-5 run, with their final nine points over the final 3:40 coming from the free-throw line. SBU was 12-of-14 from the line in the fourth quarter (85.7%), with Rosenbohm going 8-for-8 to complete a 14-point half.
SBU was 21-of-27 from the line (77.8%), while LCU was outscored 21-9 from the free-throw line. SBU was 52.5% (21/40) from the field, against an LCU team that entered the game with the opposition averaging a 30.4% shooting mark on the season.
Haist was LCU's only player in double figures in points with 11 points off a 3-of-6 shooting performance from ling range. Haist and Harris combined to go 5-of-10 from three-point range, while the rest of the team combined to go 0-of-6.
While LCU fell to 4-4 (0-2 in true road games), SBU improved to 5-1 on the season. All five wins have their home record a perfect 5-0 on the season.
In the final five minutes of the game, LCU was 2-of-7 from the field (28.6%), which allowed SBU to pull away with Botkin's three-pointer and Mackenzie Skupa's layup scored in succession before the nine straight free-throws. If you mix in free-throws with field goal attempts, the Bearcats made 14 out of 16 shot attempts to end the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
In possessions in which LCU trailed by three or less points, LCU was 0-for-3 from the field and committed four turnovers. Meanwhile, SBU was 5-of-9 (55.5%) from the field in possessions in which they led by three or less points.
It does not get any easier for the Lady Chaps, as LCU heads to Emporia, Kan. for a Saturday 1 p.m. tip against No.1 Emporia State, who is 7-0 on the season.