CLAREMORE, Okla. (February 9, 2017) – Former Lubbock Titans members Tess Bruffey (21 points) and Hannah Harbin (17 points) combined for 38 points and Lubbock Christian University outscored Rogers State 27-8 in the third quarter to surge to a 60-33 Heartland Conference road win Thursday night at Claremore Expo Center.
Bruffey and Harbin’s numbers combined to outscore a Rogers State squad that combined for only 33 points off a 22.4% shooting performance (13/58). The Hillcats were a miserable 0-for-14 from three-point range, marking the first time an LCU opponent has been successful from three-point range since BYU-Hawaii went without a three-point field goal on Nov. 28, 2013. RSU’s 33 points is the lowest LCU has allowed since holding Texas Permian Basin to 33 points on Mar. 3, 2016 at the Heartland Conference Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. The last time LCU has held an opponent to 33 points or less on the road was Jan. 17, 2009 in a 69-31 road win at St. Gregory’s.
Neither team was able to find any offense early. Bruffey made LCU’s first field goal attempt, but LCU followed missing their next seven attempts and the two teams opened a combined 2-of-15 in the game. The teams combined for 11 first-quarter points, with LCU shooting 15.4% (2-of-13) and RSU going 10.5% (2-of-19) in the opening frame, as LCU led 7-4 at the quarter’s end.
Teams doubled their first quarter field goal totals in the second quarter and LCU led 18-13 at the half, with Bruffey doing most of the work. She had 11 points, seven blocks and five rebounds in the first half. Five of the seven blocks came in the first quarter.
LCU came out on fire in the third quarter and it was an inferno compared to the first half. The Lady Chaps, who had six field goals in the first half, had six field goals in the opening 5:30 of the third quarter. LCU used a 26-3 over a span of 8:24 beginning with 6:47 left in the third quarter to pull away to a 51-23 lead with 8:23 left in the fourth quarter. They outscored RSU 27-8 in the third quarter and 15-12 in the fourth quarter (42-20 in the half) off 55.6% shooting (15/27) in the half.
Bruffey finished the game 8-of-16 from the field and matched a career high with three three-pointers. She co-led the team in rebounds (seven alongside Olivia Robertson) and led all players with 21 points and seven blocks. She only played eight minutes in the second half, as no LCU starter played more than 28 minutes in the game. Harbin was explosive in the second half, scoring 14 of her career-high 17 points in the second half in just 10 minutes of work in the half off 4-of-5 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 shooting from the free-throw line. Bailey Haist joined Bruffey and Harbin in double figures with 10 points. RSU’s Lauren Schuldt led the Hillcats with 15 points and nine rebounds. She scored nine of her 15 points in the fourth quarter.
LCU won their ninth consecutive meeting against Rogers State and improved to 13-9 overall on the season and 8-3 in the Heartland Conference. RSU fell to 7-16 overall and 3-10 in conference play.
LCU pulled away in the third quarter and mostly due in part to a 14-point third quarter by Hannah Harbin, who produced three “and-one” three-point plays in the third quarter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
LCU opened the game 12-for-12 from the free-throw line and finished the game 12-of-14 from the line. Harbin was 7-of-7 from the line, which is the best shooting performance by an LCU individual at the line this season. She was entering the contest 48.3% from the line on the season.
LCU plays their final regular season road game Saturday in Fort Smith, Ark. facing Arkansas Fort Smith at 1 p.m. inside Stubblefield Center.