GOODWELL, Okla. (January 12, 2017) – Lubbock Christian University used a 30-point second quarter and rolled to a season high four-game win streak with a 78-48 Heartland Conference road victory over Oklahoma Panhandle State University Thursday evening at Oscar Williams Field House.
It was the defense that got LCU going early on in the contest. LCU held OPSU without a point for the first four minutes and held them without a field goal until 41 seconds remained in the opening quarter. LCU opened the game with three-pointers from Tess Bruffey and Bailey Haist for a 6-0 lead, but would open the game 2-of-6 from the field. The LCU offense would then kick into gear with three straight successful field goals and closed the quarter 5-of-6 from the field for a 17-10 lead.
The Aggies, who had six of their opening 11 points come from the free-throw line, received a three-pointer from Monti Regier and two minutes into the second quarter, LCU's lead was cut to 20-14. LCU responded with a 12-0 run, which was part of an overall 20-1 scoring surge for a 40-15 lead with 2:07 left in the first half. The Lady Chaparrals closed the first half making eight of their final 10 shots (80%) for a 47-20 halftime lead.
LCU was 60.6% (20/33) from the field in the opening half, going 6-of-12 from long range (50%). Their defense held OPSU to one field goal inside the arc (1-of-15, 6.7%). The Aggies had 11 of their 20 points in the half from the field, with three of their four field goals from three-point range. They shot a low of 4-of-21 (19%) from the field in the half. LCU had a 20-6 scoring advantage in points off turnovers in the half.
LCU's starters averaged seven minutes of playing time in the second half. The closest the Aggies were able to get towards the LCU lead was 66-44 with 7:52 left in the fourth quarter. LCU, who shot 18.2 % (2/11) in the fourth quarter, was able to go on a 10-0 run to build the lead to 76-44.
Bobbi Chitsey led all scorers with 14 points for LCU. She was one of three Lady Chaps to finish in double figures. Allison Szabo, who had 11 points in the first half, completed a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She also contributed six assists. Delaney Gaddis was 5-of-5 from the field and finished with 12 points. Gaddis added a team high three steals. Darby Price led OPSU with 11 points and added 10 rebounds to complete a double-double in the losing effort.
The Lady Chaps posted a 49.2% (29/59) shooting mark in the game, while holding OPSU to 29.4% (15/51) from the field. LCU improved to 9-7 overall and 4-1 with the win. OPSU moved to 1-13 overall and 0-6 in conference. The contest was the final contest in Goodwell as Heartland Conference foes, as OPSU is moving to NAIA.
LCU's 30-point second quarter scoring outburst included a 20-1 run, which put LCU with a commanding 40-15 lead. Szabo posted 11 points during the second quarter and was 4-of-5 from the field in the first half.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Szabo (2-of-2), Gaddis (2-of-2) and Chitsey (2-of-3) co-led LCU in three-point field goals and combined to go 6-of-7 (85.7%) from long distance. LCU, who completed the contest with 10 three-point field goals, had the remaining players combine to go 20% (4/20) from three-point range. Bailey Haist and Tess Bruffey each made their first three-point field goal attempts, but then combined to go 0-of-11 from long range.
Weather permitting, LCU heads to Wichita, Kan. Saturday to face Newman. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. inside Fugate Gymnasium.