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Strong Second Half Propels Lubbock Christian to Fab Four

March 17, 2012
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FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Box Score; Coach Interview) Lubbock Christian shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) in the second half en route to a 66-61 victory against Westmont (Calif.) in quarterfinal action at the 2012 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship on Saturday at the Frankfort Convention Center. The Lady Chaparrals advance to the Fab Four for the first time since 2006.

Lubbock Christian, now 28-5 on the season, will play Sooner Athletic Conference foe Oklahoma City at 6 p.m. on Monday. The two sides split their two regular-season meetings with each team claiming road victories.

Westmont – who entered the contest 2-0 against Lubbock Christian -- held the Lady Chaparrals without a basket the final 3:42 of the first half to take a 33-27 lead into the break. Lisa Peterson had the hot hand for the Warriors with 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting in the opening 20 minutes. As a team, Westmont shot 53.8 percent (14-of-26) in the half, while Lubbock Christian converted 35.5 percent (11-of-31).

Lubbock Christian found its stride in the second period. Trailing by eight following a Tugce Canitez field goal, the Lady Chaparrals rattle off a 12-4 run, bookended by Kelsey Canavan baskets, to take a 41-37 lead with 11:46 to play.

A pair of Erin Beadle free throws tied the score 49-49 five minutes later, before Brittany Roberts connected on a 3-pointer to give Lubbock Christian the lead for good. Westmont would pull as close as two down the stretch, but could not overcome a 6-for-6 effort at the free throw line by the Lady Chaparrals.

The two teams were nearly even from the field with Lubbock Christian shooting 44.8 percent and Westmont converting 44.6 percent.

Roberts led Lubbock Christian in scoring with 19 points, while Canavan posted her 12th double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Nicole Hampton completed the Lady Chaparral trio in double-figures with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

Westmont, who ends its season with a 31-4 record, was paced by Peterson’s 22 points. Cantiez added a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.