LUBBOCK, Texas (December 11, 2020) – Ashton Duncan had No.3 Lubbock Christian College breaking information to open the a lot anticipated 2020-21 season. She matched a program single-game document with a Rip Griffin Middle document eight three-pointers and completed with a career-high 26 factors to guide LCU to an 88-52 win over St. Mary’s to additionally open up Lone Star Convention play Friday night time. The win was LCU’s 79th consecutive dwelling win, which actively leads all NCAA applications.
Duncan was 8-of-12 from lengthy vary, breaking Ginger Armacost’s mark of seven three-pointers towards Wayland Baptist on Jan. 8, 2001 inside “The Rip.” Bailey Haist now has firm sitting atop the LCU single-game information, as she turned the primary Woman Chap to nail eight three-pointers in a sport. Haist’s feat was accomplished on Jan. 2, 2017 at Texas A&M Worldwide in Laredo, Texas.
Together with Duncan, six different Woman Chaps had no less than one three-pointer within the contest, as LCU linked on 15-of-29 (51.7%) three-point makes an attempt. The 15 treys was three off matching this system single-game mark and it was their most since hitting 15 on Feb. 23, 2019 towards Oklahoma Christian.
LCU long-distance success began early. They hit six three-pointers within the opening quarter, with 4 dialed in by Duncan. They had been 6-of-9 within the quarter, with 18 of their 28 factors within the quarter coming from downtown.
The Woman Chaps trailed 5-3, however then went 13-of-18 from the sphere. They didn’t have consecutive misses through the span of 18 pictures, and eight of the primary 10 made area targets (of the stretch) had been from three-point vary. LCU had a 14-0 run within the first quarter and likewise ended the quarter on a 25-5 run.
Duncan’s scorching outdoors taking pictures overshadowed the balanced offense by the Woman Chaps. LCU posted 30 assists within the sport and assisted on 30 of 33 area targets within the contest. The 30 assists had been essentially the most since they’d 31 at UT Permian Basin on Feb. 20, 2016. Twelve totally different Woman Chaps had no less than one help within the sport. Ahead Juliana Robertson led LCU with eight assists within the sport, and all eight had been within the first half.
Head Coach Steve Gomez, in a rarity, had a beginning lineup of 5 seniors. Robertson was within the combine on the help aspect, whereas Duncan (20 factors) and Allie Schulte (15 factors) mixed for 35 factors within the first half. Their efforts supplied LCU a 47-26 halftime lead.
LCU outscored StMU 16-6 to begin the second half and LCU’s lead was prolonged to 29. The lead allowed contemporary faces and a few new mixtures of gamers to enter the fray. LCU had 13 factors off turnovers within the quarter and took a 69-40 lead into the ultimate quarter.
Savannah Sumrall got here off the bench and linked on a pair of three-pointers within the fourth quarter, serving to LCU go 7-of-11 (63.6%) from lengthy vary within the second half. The Woman Chaps outscored the Rattlers 19-12 within the fourth quarter, with 17 of the 19 factors produced by the bench (bench was 7-of-13 from the sphere within the quarter).
LCU shot 55.9% (33/59) from the sphere, whereas holding StMU to a 24.2% (15/62) taking pictures proportion. The Rattlers (0-1, 0-1) acquired 18 factors from Mya Culiver within the loss. Her and Hannah Wilson (13 factors) made up 60% of the group’s offense.
The Woman Chaps acquired offensive manufacturing from 12 totally different gamers. Duncan and Schulte (15 factors) had been the one Woman Chaps in double figures in factors. Robertson had a top quality efficiency, with 9 factors, eight assists (profession excessive) and a plus/minus of +32 in 21 minutes of play. Emma Middleton contributed seven factors and matched a career-high in blocks with 4. LCU completed with 12 blocks, which was their highest mark since 13 blocks towards Southwestern Oklahoma State on Dec. 7, 2017. LCU additionally outscored StMU 28-3 in factors off turnovers.
The victory for LCU (1-0, 1-0) positioned them with a 28-14 all-time mark in season openers and 12-6 in openers underneath Gomez. LCU additionally improved to 16-2 in convention openers underneath Gomez. The 36-point margin, within the victory, was essentially the most for LCU in an opener since a 98-46 win over Texas Faculty of their 2013-14 season opener.
The assembly was the 20th all-time assembly between LCU and StMU. LCU improved to 17-3 within the collection and so they have eight straight wins. The 36-point margin of victory was the best within the all-time collection and the Woman Chaps have a 25.3 common margin of victory within the present win streak.
Down 5-3 simply over three minutes into the sport, Ashton Duncan hit her first three-pointer and jumpstarted a 14-0 run to hurry out to a 17-5 benefit. LCU linked on 4 area targets through the run and three had been three-pointers by Duncan.
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LCU dressed 15 gamers, and all 15 not solely performed, however no participant performed lower than 5 minutes within the contest. 4 of LCU’s 5 new freshman noticed the ground and made their LCU and collegiate debut. The freshman mixed to go 7-of-11 (63.6%) from the sphere, with Audrey Robertson hitting all three of her area objective makes an attempt and ending with six factors.
The 2 groups meet once more at 5:30 p.m. inside Rip Griffin Middle. It will likely be the one sport inside Rip Griffin Middle, as the boys’s basketball sport (initially scheduled to comply with the ladies’s sport) was postponed attributable to COVID-19 protocols.