LUBBOCK, Texas (January 4, 2018) – No.3/5 Lubbock Christian University used a 27-point second quarter and Tess Bruffey led a foursome of Lady Chaparrals in double figures with 17 points to lead LCU past Texas A&M International 73-53 in Heartland Conference play Thursday night inside Rip Griffin Center. The win extended LCU’s home win streak to 42 games, matching Arkansas Tech as having the 16th longest streak in NCAA Division II history.
After an opening quarter in which TAMIU shot 46.7% (7-of-15) from the field and trailed LCU 17-16, the Lady Chaps prevented any relinquishment of the lead shooting 73.3% (11/15) in the second quarter. LCU out-scored TAMIU 16-2 in paint scoring during the quarter and had a 10-0 advantage in points off turnovers. LCU, who opened the quarter on an 11-3 run, closed the half with Caitlyn Cunyus scoring their last seven points for a 44-30 halftime lead.
Bruffey opened the game 1-of-5 from the field and was held to three points in the first half. She responded in the third quarter with 10 points in the quarter off 3-of-4 shooting from the field. Both teams hit a dry spell in the quarter, as LCU missed their final six shots of the quarter and TAMIU missed their final eight shot attempts of the quarter. TAMIU went the final 7:01 of the quarter without a field goal, while LCU went on a 10-0 run all from the free-throw line to take a 59-39 lead into the final quarter.
Reserves filled the floor for most of the fourth quarter. Bruffey made two quick field goals in the quarter and subbed out for the final 7:46 of the game. Emma Middleton led the Lady Chaps the rest of the way with four points, as LCU led as much as 27 points (71-44), but never led by less than 18 points (71-53).
Bruffey finished the game with 17 points, nine rebounds and six blocks. Caitlyn Cunyus and Maddie Chitsey each had 12 points and and Olivia Robertson provided 11 points to join Bruffey in double figures. LCU out-rebounded TAMIU 39-21, with 16 offensive boards. Cunyus matched a career high with five assists. TAMIU, who entered the game 25.2% from long range, was 8-of-16 (50%) in the contest from three-point range. The Dustdevils were 39.6% (19/48) from the field, marking the best shooting performance by a LCU opposing team in a losing effort this season. LCU was 50% (27/54) from the field, reaching the 50% plateau for a seventh time this season. They out-scored TAMIU 40-18 in the paint.
The Lady Chaps led throughout and improved to 13-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference play, while TAMIU fell to 2-14 and 0-2. The win extended LCU's conference home win streak to 44 games and they are 38-0 all-time at home in Heartland Conference competition.
LCU started to pull away in the second quarter, going on a stretch in which they closed out the quarter 11-of-13 (84.6%) from the field and eventually stretching the shooting mark to 15-of-19 (78.9%) four minutes into the third quarter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
LCU out-rebounded TAMIU 39-21 for a season high +18 advantage in the category, marking their highest mark since Feb.2, 2017, which was the last time the two teams faced and in Lubbock (LCU had a +19 advantage in that contest). LCU had 16 offensive rebounds leading to a 17-7 scoring advantage in second chance scoring. Juliana Robertson (career high) and Allie Schulte (tied a career high) each had five rebounds in the contest.
LCU hosts St. Mary’s University Saturday at 1 p.m. inside Rip Griffin Center for a Heartland Conference contest.