No.12/25 BENTLEY (28-5, No.1 Seed) vs. No.1 LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN (33-0, No.1 Seed)
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6 p.m.
Sanford Pentagon (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Online Video: None
TV: CBS Sports Network (Ed Cohen, Debbie Antonelli)
Radio: KJTV am950/100.7fm
All-Time Series: No Prior Meetings
And Then There Were Four
Lubbock Christian University dodged a scare Tuesday, opening their stay at the Elite Eight tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D. with a 73-69 win over Florida Southern, and now move into the Final Four and the semifinals of the Elite Eight tournament to face Massachusetts based Bentley University at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. Bentley arrives after claiming the East Region tournament and defeating Virginia Union Wednesday 53-52. Wednesday's game will air nationally on CBS Sports Network. In Lubbock, CBS Sports Network can be found on the following channels:
AT&T: 643 & 1643(HD)
DISH: 158 & 158 (HD)
SuddenLink: 712 & 412(HD)
Looking Back at the Quarterfinal (Full Recap)
No.1 Lubbock Christian University used a 22-5 scoring advantage at the line to defeat Florida Southern 73-69 in the Elite Eight tournament of the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship at Sanford Pentagon.
LCU is 33-0 this season and has yet to face a loss. It is their best start in program history, surpassing a 16-0 start from the 2012-2013 season. They are the only NCAA Div. II team undefeated on the season. The 323 wins marks a program single-season wins mark, topping their 31-win season (31-4) from 2012-2013.
LCU has the national lead in average margin of victory at 28.9. They have outscored their opponents by at least 20 points in 28 of their 33 games this season. LCU's win Tuesday (a four-point margin of victory) was their slimmest margin of victory, the third game decided by single digits and the fourth game decided by 15 or less points this season.
LCU is ranked as the No.1 team by D2SIDA and by the WBCA/USA Today (Coaches Poll). This season marks LCU's second season eligible in the D2SIDA poll and the first in the Coaches Poll. Jan. 19 marked LCU's debut at No.1 in the D2SIDA Poll and Jan. 26 marked their debut at No.1 in the Coaches Poll. LCU is receiving 11 of 16 first-place votes in the D2SIDA poll and 18 of 24 first-place votes in the Coaches Poll. The D2SIDA poll is voted on by sports information directors and the WBCA/USA Today is voted on by WBCA coaches.
Nicole Hampton (First Team) and Tess Bruffey (Honorable Mention) have been named Division II Conference Commissioners Association 2016 Women's Basketball All-Americans.
Hampton becomes a three-time All-American, claiming the honor in all performing season, except her junior year, during which she was not eligible for nomination due to LCU's transition to NCAA.
The honors are the first All-American honors recognizing on-court performance a Lady Chaps member has received since LCU started competing at the NCAA Div. II level. They had 18 NAIA All-Americans, with the last coming at the end of the 2012-13 season honoring Hampton and Kelsey Canavan. Fourteen of the honorees in the NAIA were under head coach Steve Gomez's guidance.
Elite Eight Field
The winning team from eight different regionals makes up the Elite Eight field in Sioux Falls. LCU represents the South Central Region. Here are the winning teams with their seed from the region tournament and the region they represent to make up this year's Elite Eight field.
4 Florida Southern - South
1 Lubbock Christian - South Central
1 Virginia Union - Atlantic
1 Bentley - East
2 Alaska Anchorage - West
7 Francis Marion - Southeast
7 Grand Valley State - Midwest
2 Pittsburg State - Central
Playing the Percentages
LCU is the only program in NCAA Div. II which ranks in the top-five in field goal shooting (leads at 51.7%) and field goal defense (second nationally holding opponents to a 33.1% shooting mark).
The Series Against Bentley
LCU and Bentley have never met. They are the second Massachusetts team LCU has faced this season. They defeated NAIA Fisher College in exhibition play in Boston (Oct. 31, 2015) 119-40.
Tune in to CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m. on March 23 to cheer on the Lady Chaps as they face Bentley in the Final Four.