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Lady Chaps celebrate after winning the region championship

Lady Chaps Basketball Headed to Elite Eight Tournament

One Monday night, the Lady Chaps Basketball team won the NCAA Division II South Central Region crown against West Texas A&M and advanced to the Elite Eight for a second time in program history.

The Elite Eight Tournament begins Mar. 19 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The No.3-seeded Lubbock Christian University kicks off the quarterfinals against No.6-seeded University of Central Missouri at 12 p.m. CDT. LCU will be returning to the Elite Eight for the first time since winning the national championship in 2016, their first year of NCAA Div. II eligibility.

Tess Bruffey recorded the fourth triple-double in program history on a night No.2 LCU needed it most. The senior, playing in her final home game, produced 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the top-seeded Lady Chaparrals to a 56-53 win over No.13/21 and No.2-seeded WT.

The win marks the 50th consecutive home win for the Lady Chaps, and for seniors Bruffey and Caitlyn Buttram (the only seniors to play all four seasons at LCU), they close out a record of 55-2 (96.5%) in home games. The contest was tightly played between the two teams, and defense was at full display.

The two teams combined for 13 blocks, with five coming from WT to match the most by a LCU opponent this season. To read the full recap of the game, visit the LCU Athletics website.