Steve Gomez LCU

DENTON, Texas (January 21, 2023) – Lubbock Christian University rallied back from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter and eventually had a lead in the quarter, but No.7 Texas Woman's took advantage of the breaks down the stretch and edged the Lady Chaparrals 75-69 Saturday in Lone Star Conference play inside Kitty Magee Arena.

After an 8-2 LCU run, which included three-pointers from Martie McCoy and Maci Maddox to trail TWU 25-24 with 2:59 remaining, LCU went the ensuing 5:11 scoreless. Over the span, which carried into the second half, TWU went on a 15-0 run. A 6-0 portion of the TWU run transpired in the second half and all the points were off a trio off field goals by Scout Huffman to put the Pioneers up 40-24 1:48 into the third quarter. Maddox drilled a three-pointer to end the dry spell 2:12 into the frame, and it was followed by an and-one three-point play by Grace Foster to get a 6-0 LCU run going. The Pioneers went a span of 3:08 without a field goal and LCU's 6-0 tun turned into a 11-2 run. Shaylee Stovall had the last five points of the run to cut the TWU lead to 42-35 with 5:17 left in the quarter. Audrey Robertson and Stovall each hit a three pointer to ignite a 15-2 scoring run, which included a 12-0 segment (capped by a three-pointer from Maddox) to put LCU up 50-46 with 1:02 remaining in the quarter (LCU made six consecutive field goals during their comeback).

The Lady Chaps couldn't keep the offense rolling, as they went scoreless over the next two minutes, which the Pioneers took advantage of with a 7-0 run during the sequence. They led 51-50 heading into the fourth quarter and built the advantage to 53-50 before Stovall had a layup to trim the lead to 53-50. The Pioneers twice built the lead to six, and with 4:34 remaining, LCU again received three-pointers from Stovall and Robertson to tie the game 64-64 with 3:35 remaining.

A crucial offensive foul on LCU allowed TWU to go on a 5-0 run and the Pioneers led 69-64 with 2:28 remaining. Stovall hit another three-pointer to trim the deficit to two points (71-69), but TWU made their free-throws the rest of the way to claim the win.

LCU had to play from behind throughout most of the game. TWU opened the scoring with a 6-0 lead, as LCU missed their first six field goal attempts. The Pioneers thrived from the free-throw line and hit all eight of their first quarter attempts to lead 13-10 heading into the second quarter. LCU went a span of 4:43 without a field goal, but twice was able to rally in the second quarter to cut the game to a one-point deficit. That included the 8-2 run to trail 25-24.

TWU benefited off a 19-11 scoring advantage from the free-throw line. The Pioneers were a perfect 19-of-19 from the line, which is the best performance at the line by a LCU opponent since St. Edward's hit all 21 attempts on February 25, 2017 against the Lady Chaps. Toss in UT Tyler's 20 made free-throws from Thursday and LCU's opponents have combined for 39 free-throws made in consecutive games (the 2017 date also marked the last time that occurred, as Oklahoma Christian and SEU combined for 41 made free-throws in a two-game span).

The Pioneers 19 points from the line was a helpful statistic to a 51.9% shooting percentage from the field (27/52), which is the highest shooting mark from the field by an LCU opponent this season. They were 58.1% (25/43) inside the arc and outscored LCU 30-26 in the paint. Ashley Ingram led TWU with 20 points off 8-of-10 shooting. She was joined in double figures by Huffman (12 points), Sadie Moyer (10 points) and Ngozi Obineke (10 points).

LCU matched a season high with 15 second-chance points and out-rebounded the Pioneers 29-28 despite a season-low in boards. Maddox led LCU in rebounds (7) and also had a career-high five steals (most by a Lady Chaps member this season).

Stovall had career-high 18 points and all 18 points were in the second half off 6-of-6 shooting, which included a 4-of-4 shooting from three-point range. Robertson (14 points), Foster (11 points) and Maddox (11 points) also finished in double figures. LCU was 50% from long distance, hitting 10 three-pointers on 20 attempts.

LCU fell to 13-7 overall and 8-4 in the Lone Star Conference. Their road losing streak extends to three consecutive games. They lose to TWU (17-1, 12-0) for the first time since Nov. 1, 2010 and are now 2-2 all-time in Denton.

TURNING POINT

In a game of ups and downs, a questionable call was made against Audrey Spurgin for an illegal screen with 2:54 remaining and LCU trailing 66-64. LCU had just hit a three-pointer on their prior possession (Audrey Robertson) and had made five of their prior eight field goal attempts heading into the possession (they also made their next two field goal attempts on their following two possessions). Ashley Ingram made the field goal on the ensuing possession for TWU and pushed the game to a two-possession game with 2:28 remaining.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

LCU fell to 1-3 against ranked opponents this season. Of their seven losses, five have been to programs either receiving votes or ranked in the top-25. LCU has also had a lead at some point in each of their seven losses (LCU has not trailed wire-to-wire in any game this season).

WHAT'S NEXT

LCU remains on the road Thursday and they return to West Division play in Wichita Falls, Texas facing Midwestern State at 5:30 p.m. inside Ligon Coliseum.