Turkey is On The Table… Aloha Style, For Lady Chaps

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ALOHA Y’ALL
No.2 Lubbock Christian University is making their second appearance in the Oahu Thanksgiving Classic, as they are in Honolulu and playing a pair of games at Hawai’I Pacific’s The Shark Tank. They open play on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) at 6 p.m. (Central) facing Minnesota Crookston before concluding their Hawaiian stay Friday at 8 p.m. (Central) against Hawai’I Pacific. LCU first participated in the Oahu Thanksgiving Classic in 2013 and are 2-0 all-time in the event.

CHAP NOTES

  • > Ashton Duncan leads LCU with 19 three-pointers, averaging 2.7 per game (second in the conference). The 19 three-pointers ranks seventh in the nation. Duncan, who has scored at least 10 points in six of LCU’s seven games this season, is leading LCU averaging 13.0 points per game. Against No.20 Daemen (Saturday), Duncan notched her 205th career three-pointer, moving her into fourth in program history and past Haley Burton, who had 204 three-pointers from 2000-2005.
  • > Allie Schulte claimed consecutive Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors, but for a first time on the offensive side, receiving Offensive Player of the Week. Schulte played a significant role for LCU in home wins over No. 1 Lander and No. 20 Daemen to extend the Lady Chaps Division II record home win streak to 93 games, as she led the team with 14.5 points per game on the week. In the win over top-ranked Lander, the Lady Chaps overcame a 10-point deficit in the final seven minutes at the free-throw line, hitting 30-of-31 (96.8%) as a team in the game. Schulte, a fifth-year member of the Lady Chaps from Nazareth, Texas, was successful on all 10 free throw attempts, matching an LCU Rip Griffin Center record. Schulte also helped LCU to a big win over Daemen, posting the final six points of the first quarter to spark a 15-2 run, which allowed the Lady Chaps to never trail in the contest. In addition to averaging 14.5 points per game, Schulte averaged a +15.5 plus/minus, with a +23 in their win over Daemen.
  • > Laynee Burr, who has two performances of at least 18 points this season, is averaging 10.1 points per game to give LCU three players averaging double figures in scoring. A member of the DII CCA Tip-Off Classic at the Trailhead All-Tournament Team selection, Burr entered the week seventh in the conference in steals (10) and fourth in assists with 20 (61st nationally) on the season (2.9 per game).
  • > LCU opened the season making their first 14 free-throw attempts and are 86.7% (111/128) from the free-throw line, which ranks fourth nationally. From their game against Tampa to their game at Colorado Christian, in which they made 13 consecutive free-throws to start the game, LCU made a sequence of 17 consecutive free-throws. They topped that mark Saturday, making 43 consecutive free-throws (28 straight from Friday’s game against Lander carried into the sequence). Schulte is 35-of-36 (97.2%) from the free-throw line on the season, which is 25th nationally, but is the top mark in the nation by any player with a miss (24 players are shooting 100% based on NCAA minimum statistical requirements to qualify). Burr is seventh in the conference, shooting 85.7% from the line (18-of-21).
  • > Grace Foster has been an impactful true freshman, claiming Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors, as LCU swept the weekly honors. LCU held a pair of Elite Eight and nationally ranked programs to a combined 35.4 percent shooting and 54.5 points a game during their 2-0 week last week. Foster, from Childress, Texas, led LCU in rebounding on the week, with an average of 6.5 rebounds per game. She had eight rebounds and two blocks against Lander and followed with eight points, five rebounds and a steal against Daemen. She helped lead a defensive unit that held Daemen to 28.6 percent shooting from the floor. Foster is leading the team in blocks (5) and averaging 4.6 rebounds per game. Foster is averaging 7.4 points a game over the prior five games, which includes a 10-point performance over No.11 Tampa for her first career double-digit outing. She led LCU with eight rebounds against No.1 Lander.
  • > LCU is 15th nationally in turnovers…or lack thereof, as they average 12.4 per game. The stat has Allie Schulte ranking sixth in the LSC in assist/turnover ratio at 1.80.
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    THANKSGIVING THROWBACK
    The last time LCU played on Thanksgiving Day was ironically in Hawai’i in 2013, as LCU defeated BYU-Hawai’i 75-48 in Honolulu.

    EYE-OPENING
    The 2021-22 season marks LCU’s ninth since leaving the NAIA, and heading into Thursday’s action, LCU is 220-30 in that span (88.0%). In NCAA postseason play, the Lady Chaps are 20-1 all-time.

    NATIONALLY KNOWN
    For the first time in program history, LCU claimed the No.1 spot in the WBCA’s National Top-25 Preseason Poll, and for the first time they were the favorites in both the WBCA and D2SIDA preseason polls. LCU fell to CSU Pueblo in Lakewood, Colo., which ended their 39-game win streak and knocked them out of the No.1 spot. Heading into this week’s play, LCU is No.2 in the WBCA Top-25 poll and No.6 in the D2SIDA Top-25 poll.

    SO ARE SOME OTHERS
    Saturday, LCU defeated No.20 Daemen, marking their third game of the season against nationally ranked programs. LCU went 6-0 against nationally ranked programs last season and 4-2 in 2019-20 against the nations ranked foes. This season, LCU is 3-0 against ranked opponents, as they have also defeated No.11 Tampa (Nov. 7 in Billings, Mont.) and No.1 Lander (Nov. 19 in Lubbock).

    SWEET HOME (ON) CHICAGO
    LCU went 13-0 at home season, culminating with the LSC Championships and becoming the first team since 2007 to win the LSC Championship tournament on a campus venue. They are 2-0 at home this season, which has their active home win streak sitting at 93 games, which is the active and all-time leading mark in NCAA Division II women’s basketball. LCU’s last home loss came on Jan. 1, 2015 against Oklahoma City University. LCU, who also has a 7-0 mark in NCAA postseason play in Lubbock in the mix (not including a 3-0 mark in LSC postseason play), has also won 74 consecutive home conference games, with their last conference home loss occurring Jan. 10, 2013 (against Oklahoma City). They completed a 49-0 all-time mark in Heartland Conference home games (they are 21-0 in LSC home games).

    NCAA DIVISION II’S LONGEST HOME WIN STREAKS
    93 – Lubbock Christian Jan. 1, 2015 –>
    87 – Neb.-Kearney Jan. 31, 1995-Nov. 24, 2001
    85 – West Tex. A&M Jan. 9, 1987-Dec. 6, 1991

    NCAA’S ACTIVE-LEADING HOME WIN STREAKS
    93 – LCU (Division II)
    41 – North Georgia (Division II)
    39 – Messiah (Division III)

    FIVE THINGS ABOUT UMC
    1 > The Golden Eagles are based in Crookston, Minn. (in the Grand Forks, N.D. metro area) and are members of the North Sun Intercollegiate Conference. After a 3-13 season last season, the Golden Eagles are preseason picked tied for 15th (last) in the Northern Sun Preseason Poll.
    2 > UMC ended a 0-4 start to the season Wednesday by defeating Chaminade 56-32 for their first win of the season. Bren Fox had 17 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double in the win.
    3 > LCU will mark UMC’s third nationally ranked opponent this season. UMC, who battled Minnesota and North Dakota in exhibition games, lost 74-58 to No.15 Nebraska-Kearney and 65-57 to No.16 Michigan Tech.
    4 > UMC is playing their first six games away from home. Their home opener is Dec. 2 against St. Cloud State.
    5 > Crookston holds opponents to a 34.9% shooting percentage from the field and 26.4% from long range.

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    THE SERIES AGAINST UMC
    LCU and Minnesota Crookston are meeting for the first time all-time. LCU is 1-0 all-time against Minnesota based programs. On Dec. 29, 1994, LCU defeated Minnesota Morris 70-68 in Colorado Springs, Colo.  

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