LUBBOCK, Texas (February 2, 2017) – Claire Bruffey recorded a career high 22 points and Tess Bruffey provided 17 points, as the sisters combined for 39 points and helped Lubbock Christian University knock down a season high 16 three-pointers (one shy of matching a program record) in an 84-49 win over Texas A&M International Thursday evening. The contest was part of the NCAA Div.II Basketball Showcase, as the Heartland Conference game was carried nationally on American Sports Network and the first ever nationally televised event inside Rip Griffin Center.
LCU produced 51 points from their bench, with four players coming off the bench to set career highs in points. Claire Bruffey, whose prior career high was nine points, had 16 points in the first half. She was 5-of-7 from long range to start the game and finished 7-of-12, coming up one three-pointer short of matching the program single-game record. Toss in her sister Tess's long distance shooting (2-of-3) and the sisters were a combined 9-of-15 from downtown.
Tess had the upper hand in the opening quarter, connecting on a pair of three-pointers and knocking down four field goals for 10 points in the quarter. LCU was 9-of-14 from the field in the quarter and closed the quarter on a 17-2 run to take a 24-14 lead.
The sisters would have 28 combined points at the half and accounted for 10 of the team's 15 field goals in the half. LCU had an 18-15 scoring advantage in the second quarter for a 42-29 halftime lead.
LCU pulled away in the second half, as 10 different Lady Chaps had a point in the second half. The Lady Chaps shot 57.1% (8/14) in the third quarter. They used an 11-2 run to outscore the Dustdevils 18-7 in the quarter and took an 84-49 lead heading into the final quarter.
Caitlyn Buttram and Kambry Blakey came off the bench to score six points apiece in the fourth quarter, and they were part of a 57.1% (8/14) shooting performance in the quarter for LCU. Buttram was 2-of-3 from three-point range in the quarter. LCU's bench posted 24 points in the fourth quarter and LCU led as much as 82-43 prior to the final horn.
The Lady Chaps had at least three three-pointers in each quarter and finished with 16 three-pointers. The program single game record stands as 17, set Dec.10, 2015 against Oklahoma City. They were 47.1% from long range with a 16-of-34 performance from behind the arc.
Overall, LCU was 48.4% (30/62) from the field, with 16 three-pointers and 14 field goals for two points. Eleven of LCU's 12 players that touched the floor figured into the offense. Claire Bruffey (22 points), Blakey (six points), Buttram (six points) each set a career high in scoring and Abby Morris matched a career high with three points. Allea Harris and Claire each set career highs in rebounds and co-led LCU with six rebounds. Claire and Tess were the only Lady Chaps in double figures.
TAMIU, falling to 2-19 overall and 2-9 in conference, finished the contest 38.8% (19/49) from the field. They were outscored 42-20 in the second half. LCU outrebounded TAMIU 42-23. Nayiri Aslanian led TAMIU with 20 points, connecting on four three-pointers.
LCU, improving to 11-9 overall and 6-3 in the Heartland Conference, moved to 6-0 at home with the win this season. They also improved their home win streak to 30 games (NCAA Div. II active leader). LCU improved to 31-0 all-time at home in Heartland Conference play and have won 37 consecutive conference games at home.
LCU responded from a 12-7 deficit four minutes into the game with a 17-2 run, with five straight field goals by either Claire or Tess Bruffey. They combined to go 6-of-9 from the field with four rebounds (of the team's eight) in the opening quarter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
After three quarters, Claire and Tess Bruffey had combined for 36 points (combined 13-of-28, 46.4%, from the field), while the entire Dustdevils squad also had 36 points from 14-of-36 (38.9%) shooting from the field.