March 19, 2012
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With the win, Oklahoma City, now 34-1, advances to the tournament championship game for the first time since 2005. The Stars, who improve to 9-2 (.818) all-time in national semifinal games, will play the winner of Georgetown (Ky.)/Union (Tenn.) at 6 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. The contest will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.
“I was really impressed with our defense,” said Oklahoma City head coach Rob Edmisson. “We locked them down in the second half. I told the kids before the game, we don’t have to be special, we just have to be us.”
Taylor Booze had 22 points and five rebounds and Dietra Caldwell added 19 points and five assists to lead Oklahoma City. The two combined for all eight of the Star’s 3-pointers, including three from Booze in the first half. Desiree Jeffries joined the duo in double figures with 13 points, while Tiffany Goldwire added 11.
The contest remained within five until the 5:08 mark of the first half when a pair of Goldwire free throws sparked a 13-1 run for the Stars. Lubbock Christian went without a field goal during the stretch, as the Lady Chaparrals entered the locker room trailing, 39-24.
Early in the second half, Lubbock Christian would close the gap back to 10, 45-35, but another Caldwell 3-pointer quickly silenced the charge. The Star extended their lead out to as much as 31 (83-52) en route to the victory.
Oklahoma City’s defense forced 17 Lady Chaparral turnovers and held a 43-38 advantage in rebounding, including 13 offensive boards. The Stars finished the night shooting 44.4 percent (32-of-72) from the field and 81.3 percent (13-for-16) at the foul line.
Emily Atkins paced the Lubbock Christian offense with 14 points and six rebounds, while Kelsey Canavan and April Ehlers scored 10 points each. The Lady Chaparrals shot 33.3 percent (19-of-57) from the field and were 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) at the charity stripe.
Lubbock Christian ends the season with a 28-6 overall record.