Lubbock Christian Rolls Over Southern New Orleans, 78-57
Lubbock Christian's Nicole Hampton recorded the first triple-double of her career with 11 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. Hampton was 5-for-11 from the field, including a key 3-pointer late in the first half that came as a part of a 10-1 run. Hampton, who played 38 minutes in the game, scored nine of her 11 points in the first half.
Three others joined Hampton in double digits: Kelsey Hoppel (18), Courtney Wilson (17) and Kelsey Canavan (14). Canavan chipped in 11 rebounds, including eight offensive boards, en route to her fifth double-double of the season.
The two sides battled even throughout a majority of the first half, until Lubbock Christian, sparked by five points from Hampton, went on a 10-1 over the final two minutes of the period to take a 37-28 lead into the break. The Lady Chaparrals separation was due in large part to a 3-0 advantage in 3-pointers and 8-2 surplus at the foul line.
Southern-New Orleans would pull within seven four times during the second half, but each time Lubbock Christian answered. The Lady Chaparrals cemented a double-digit victory when Canavan scored on a hook shot just outside the paint to make it 67-57 with 4:10 left in the game. Southern-New Orleans would not record a field goal the remainder of the contest.
Lubbock Christian ended the game shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Chaparrals held a 44-37 edge in rebounding and tallied 22 assists.
Janee Morton paced the Knights with 20 points and 11 rebounds, followed by April Perry with 16 points. Sabrina Scott, who entered the game ranked third nationally in total blocks, brought her season total up to 89 with five blocks in the game.
Southern-New Orleans falls to 0-2 all-time at the national championship and finishes the season with a 19-5 overall record.