LUBBOCK, Texas (January 5, 2017) – Lubbock Christian University showed they were happy to be home after a 39-day absence from Rip Griffin Center Thursday night, returning home from an eight-game road trip and receiving 19 points from Tess Bruffey to lead LCU to an 87-47 Heartland Conference victory over Arkansas Fort Smith. The win improved the nation's leading active home win streak to 28 wins and LCU is now 29-0 all-time in Heartland Conference home games and they have won 35 consecutive conference home games.
LCU, playing in their first home game since Nov. 21, put the contest away early. The Lady Chaparrals opened the game on a 13-0 run started by a Hannah Harbin three-pointer. Bruffey had eight of the 13 points in the opening four minutes of the contest. Sydney Franklin connected on a three-pointer with 4:28 remaining in the first quarter for UAFS's first field goal of the game. LCU was leading 15-4 following Franklin's three-pointer. The Lady Chaps had a 7-0 scoring advantage in points off turnovers in the first quarter, helping LCU to a 22-9 lead at the quarter's close.
The Lady Chaps held UAFS to seven points in the second quarter. UAFS went a span of 6:40 without a point during the first half and LCU took advantage with a 10-0 run for a 30-9 lead with six minutes remaining in the half. Twenty seconds after the run ended, a new one began. This run was an 11-0 run, which was part of an eventual 23-2 run for LCU. The Lady Chaps led 47-16 at the half, holding UAFS to 28.6% (6/21) shooting in the half.
Allea Harris connected on a three-pointer with 6:54 left in the fourth quarter for a 77-29 lead and the 48-point margin was LCU's biggest of the game. LCU shot 60% (15/25) in the second half, shooting 64.3% (9/14) in the third quarter.
LCU shot 54.1% (33/61) in the game, going 44% (11/25) from downtown (Clair Bruffey was 3-of-4 from three-point range) and 61.1% (22/36) from inside the arc (Tess Bruffey was 7-of-10 inside the perimeter). Lubbock Christian produced a season high 16 steals in the game (prior high was nine) and forced a season high 20 turnovers leading to a 32-16 advantage in points off turnovers. Caitlyn Buttram had a career high three steals and Bobbi Chitsey matched a career high with three. Along with Tess Bruffey's 19 points, LCU received 14 points from Allison Szabo (added nine rebounds, coming close to a double-double) and 10 points from Chitsey. Bailey Haist (4), Harbin (2) and Delaney Gaddis (3) combined for nine assists and no turnovers. UAFS, shooting 31.6% (18/57) in the game, was led by Maya Perry and Tayla Taylor, who each had 11 points.
The win was LCU's second straight win and they improve to 7-7 on the season and 2-1 in Heartland Conference play. The Lady Chaps are 4-0 on the season at home. UAFS fell to 8-7 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
LCU took total command early on with a 15-1 start to the contest. They were 6-of-10 from the field during the run.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Lady Chaps set a Rip Griffin Center record with a 100% shooting mark from the free-throw line (meeting the minimum), going 10-for-10. The prior record was 96.7% (29/30) from Feb. 8, 2007. The team record (overall) is 100%, going 18-for-18 on Jan. 31, 1985 (vs. Hardin Simmons). LCU's 10-for-10 mark Thursday puts them into the Heartland Conference record books as the 12th team to go 100% from the free-throw line all-time. The conference record is a 26-for-26 perfect mark by Oklahoma Christian on Dec. 31, 2015.
No bus needed Saturday, as LCU will remain home and will host Rogers State at 1 p.m. inside Rip Griffin Center.