March 15, 2012
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FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Box Score; Coach Interview) Brittany Roberts recorded 22 points and a career-high 12 assists, while Kelsey Canavan posted her 11th double-double of the season to lead Lubbock Christian (Texas) past LSU Shreveport (La.), 79-55, in first round action at the 2012 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship presented by Kentuckytourism.com on Thursday afternoon.
The victory propels the Lady Chaparrals to a 26-5 record and to their second-straight second round appearance – sixth overall. Lubbock Christian will meet Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) on Friday at 2:15 p.m. EST.
“In the second half we were able to make a number of threes, which makes the game seem easy,” said Lubbock Christian head coach Steve Gomez. “Once the shots started falling it became contagious. We’ll need to be a little steadier from start to finish, so we don’t dig a big hole for ourselves. Hopefully, tomorrow we’ll be more balanced the whole game.”
Canavan completed her double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, including a team-best three offensive boards. Joining Canavan and Roberts in double-digits were Emily Atkins with 16 points and April Ehlers with 14 points, respectively. As a team, Lubbock Christian ended the contest shooting 43.9 percent (29-of-66) from the field, including a 51.5 percent (17-of-33) success rate in the second half. The Lady Chaparrals also held a 44-33 rebounding advantage.
Trailing 20-14 midway through the first half, Lubbock Christian came alive, closing the half on a 21-4 run to take a 35-24 lead into the break.
LSU Shreveport cut the deficit back to single-digits, 35-26, following a Jennifer Hicks jumper on the Lady Pilots opening possession of the second half. However, five quick points by Lubbock Christian, including a Roberts 3-pointer, pushed the lead back out to double-digits at 40-26.
The Lady Chaparrals pushed their advantage out to a game-high 79-47 with 2:28 remaining following Robert’s 22nd point of the contest. Back-to-back Lady Pilot 3-pointers and a jumper by Jennifer Hicks made it a 24 point spread when the final buzzer sounded.
Jenna Diakos led LSU Shreveport with 15 points, while Sharde Henry added 11 as the Lady Pilots close the season with a 25-9 record.