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Stellar Second Half Shooting Lifts Lubbock Christian Past Lewis-Clark State

March 16, 2012
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FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Box Score; Coach Interview) Lubbock Christian (Texas) shot 62.5 percent from the field -- including 71.4 percent from three -- in the second half to beat Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), 70-61, on Friday afternoon in the second round of the 2012 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship presented by Kentuckytourism.com at the Frankfort Convention Center.

The win sends Lubbock Christian (27-5) into Saturday’s quarterfinals against Westmont (Calif.) at 4 p.m. EST. Westmont beat Saint Xavier (Ill.) 70-56 earlier in the day.

After misfiring to the tune of just 6-of-23 (26.1 percent) from the field in the opening half, Lubbock Christian found its shooting stroke in the second half to turn a one-point (26-27) halftime deficit into a nine-point win. The Lady Chaparrals made 15-of-24 shots after the break, including an incredible 5-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Trailing 34-33 with 14 minutes left in the game, Lubbock Christian scored on nine of its next 10 possessions to grab a 53-42 lead with 7:46 left in the game.

The Lady Chaps scored in every way possible during the run with a pair of threes, four baskets inside the arc and a perfect six for six from the free throw line.

Lewis-Clark State trimmed the Lady Chaps’ lead 54-48 with 5:48 left thanks to Jasmine Stohr’s back-to-back baskets. Stohr finished with a game-high 18 points.

The Warrior momentum was short-lived as Lubbock Christian scored 12 of the game’s next 14 points to seize control and advance to its second straight national quarterfinals and fourth overall.

Lubbock Christian finished the game shooting 44.7 percent from the field, including 58.3 percent from deep.

Four Lady Chaps reached double figures in scoring led by Brittany Roberts’ 15 points. Nicole Hampton scored 14 and April Ehlers added 13. Kelsey Canavan ended the game with 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Lewis-Clark State’s Brittaney Niebergall joined Stohr in double figures with 14 points.

Lewis-Clark State completes its season with a 29-5 record.
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