LUBBOCK, Texas (November 18, 2017) – No.23 Lubbock Christian University held University of Texas of the Permian Basin to shoot 18.8% (13/69) and received a near-triple-double from Tess Bruffey (15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 blocks), as the Lady Chaparrals closed the 2017 Arbor Hotels Classic with a 72-34 win Saturday night inside Rip Griffin Center.
The 18.8% shooting percentage is the lowest mark by an LCU opponent recorded on file (game-by-game records kept on file since the 2004). The Falcons were held to two field goals in the second (2/19, 10.5%) and fourth (2/10, 10%) quarter of the contest. UTPB went stretches of 4:09 (0-for-4 in the opening quarter), 7:34 (0-for-11 in the first and second quarter), 7:47 (0-for-13 in the second and third quarter) and 3:45 (0-for-15 in the fourth quarter) without a point. The span of 3:45 in the fourth quarter was part of a 5:49 stretch in which UTPB went without a field goal. UTPB did not have any of the prior runs interrupted by points from the free-throw line, as they did not have their first free-throw attempted until 4:05 remained in the game. From a 20-minute span from the midway mark of the first quarter to the midway mark of the third quarter, UTPB was 3-of-31 (9.7%) from the field.
While one team was struggling to get points, the Lady Chaps were cashing in. LCU was 48.1% from the field (26/54), with a mark of 56.4% (22/39) if the second quarter was excluded. The two teams went the opening 3:58 of the second quarter without a point and combined for six field goals (four by LCU). LCU led 26-14 at the half.
Bruffey, who led all scorers with her 15 points, scored her final eight points in the third quarter. LCU was 9-of-13 (69.2%) from the field in the third quarter. Several freshman took the spotlight in the fourth quarter, as Ashton Duncan (7 points) and Emma Middleton (9 points) combined for 16 points in the quarter.
The Lady Chaps hit 10 three-pointers (10/24, 41.7%), marking the fourth consecutive game in which they hit at least 10 three-pointers. LCU committed more turnovers (12-11), but led the points-off-turnovers category 16-2. They also had a 16-12 advantage in second chance points despite allowing 22 offensive rebounds to UTPB.
Bruffey’s double-double was her 19th of her career and third of the season. The NCAA Division II’s active career blocks leader posted a season-high eight to give her 294 in her career. LCU also received 11 points from Bobbi Chitsey, who was 5-of-7 from the field with five rebounds in 16 minutes of time on the floor. Seven Lady Chaps had at least six points in the game. No Falcons player had more than two field goals in the game. Khali Pippins-Tyron led the winless Falcons (0-4) with seven points.
LCU improved to 5-0 with the win and they extended the NCAA Div. II’s longest active home win streak to 37 games.
After a stagnant second quarter, LCU exploded offensively in the third quarter to pull away. They opened the quarter 6-of-7 from the field and on a 10-0 run. The Lady Chaps were 5-of-7 from inside the arc and 4-of-6 from long range during the quarter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
LCU’s defense was the storyline, but their offense was balanced overall. LCU missed more than two consecutive shots on one occasion the entire game (an 0-of-5 stretch from the first and second quarter). LCU was 61.5% from the field in the second half (16/26), going 9-of-14 (64.3%) inside the arc in the half.
LCU remains home Tuesday and will host Tarleton State at 6 p.m. inside Rip Griffin Center.