Eight is still enough for Duncan against Rattlers


LUBBOCK, TX (January 22, 2022) – Ashton Duncan tied a Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals program single-game record in three points, as she connected on eight long-range shots and climbed the LCU record books in the process in a 72-39 win for No. 10 Lady Chaps over St Mary’s Saturday afternoon in the Lone Star Conference game. The victory inside the Rip Griffin Center extended the LCU’s NCAA Division II home winning streak to 98 games.

Duncan’s eight three-pointers tied his career high, while also tying a single-game program record. Bailey Haist first set the bar on eight three-pointers on January 2, 2017 (at Texas A&M International). Duncan tied the record on December 11, 2020 with eight three-pointers against St. Mary’s, marking Saturday’s performance the third time the feat has been achieved by a Lady Chap (Duncan has two of three performances and has the only ones to inside Rip Griffin Center). In addition to the single-game record, Duncan’s eight three-pointers also propelled her to third on the LCU’s three-point field goals list with 238 in her LCU career. She passed Sierra Lovorn (Wilcox), who made 234 three-pointers from 2005-2009.

StMU leading scorer Hannah Wilson opened the game scoring with a bucket 27 seconds into the contest, but it would be the only lead of the game for the Rattlers and Wilson’s only points of the game. LCU responded with a 9-0 run, with four run points tallied by Allie Schulte and Duncan’s first three-pointer of the game also in the mix. The Rattlers called a timeout and responded with a 5-0 run. Tonia Bilic connected on a three-pointer for StMU, cutting LCU’s lead to 9-7 with 5:42 left in the quarter. The Lady Chaps broke out with a 12-0 streak after four consecutive three-point attempts. Duncan had a trio of three-pointers and finished the quarter with four three-pointers to help LCU take a 25-13 lead.

LCU had another first-half three-pointer in the second quarter. Duncan led a 9-0 run with a trey forward Schulte and Shaylee Stovall followed to put LCU up 36-16 midway through the quarter. Lady Chaps were scoreless for the next two minutes as a pair of Michaela Kucera field goals completed a 6-0 run at StMU. Stovall and Duncan connected with three points to end the Rattlers’ run and put LCU up 42-22 at halftime.

Duncan and Stovall each co-led the LCU in scoring in the second quarter with six points, and Duncan had 18 points in the half on 6 of 9 shooting three-pointers. She also had four interceptions in the half. LCU was 10 of 18 (55.6%) from three-point range in the half.

StMU, 3 of 5 in the first half from long range, had two three-pointers in the third quarter, but they were the Rattlers’ only field goals in the quarter. LCU beat StMU 17-8 in the quarter. Duncan had two three-pointers in the quarter, with his eighth three-pointer with 6:05 left in the quarter, and LCU took a 59-30 lead in the final quarter.

LCU dressed 16 players and all 16 received playing time, while 14 players played in the fourth quarter. Reese Schumann led LCU with six points in the quarter, including a layup with 97 seconds left in the game, which opened up a 7-0 LCU run.

The Lady Chaps attempted a season-high 31 three-point shots, 12 of them for a 38.7 percent mark from the outside. Duncan’s eight three-pointers led to a 24-point performance and she was two points off her career high. She also had a career-high four interceptions, helping the LCU reach its second total interceptions this season (17). Schulte also had four interceptions, which added to his 11 points and eight assists (one shy of a career high).

LCU’s steals total played a part in the StMU, finishing the game with 34 turnovers, which is the highest total turnovers by an LCU opponent since Dallas Christian was forced to 35 turnovers on November 4, 2008. Their (forced) turnovers and 16 offensive rebounds led to 70 field goal attempts for LCU (their highest total since 70 in the 2019 NCAA Div. II championship game against the Southwest of Oklahoma on March 29, 2019). LCU, holding StMU 31 percent (31/42) from the field, had a 28-shot margin in shot attempts (70-42), which is their biggest shooting margin since Dec. 31, 2009, in Abilene, Texas. against Dallas Christian.

The Rattlers fell to 1-14 on aggregate and 0-4 in the LSC. Sydney Hardeman led the Rattlers with 11 points.

LCU, improving to 16-3 overall and 5-2 in LSC, clinched their 12and straight win in the head-to-head series against the Rattlers. The Lady Chaps are 20-3 in the all-time series with the Rattlers.

TURNING

LCU’s 12-0 run in the first quarter helped LCU navigate the rest of the game. The Lady Chaps almost had a 9-2 lead after StMU rallied with a 7-0 run. Duncan hit four consecutive three-point attempts, three of which were exhausted during the 12-0 run. They came during a streak in which LCU made six of seven consecutive three-point attempts. The 12-0 run came in a 2:13 period and put LCU up 21-7.

IN THE NUMBERS

Duncan’s eight three-pointers marked his seventh game of his career with at least six three-pointers, which is the most by a member of Lady Chaps. Duncan played at St. Mary’s nine times during his LCU career and has 27 three-pointers against the Rattlers. She is 27 of 54 (50%) to shoot three-point attempts in her career against StMU.

AND AFTER

LCU hits the road Thursday and heads to San Angelo, Texas for a 5:30 p.m. Lone Star Conference tip against Angelo State inside the Junell Center.

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