The 2018-2019 seasons for both the LCU men’s and women’s teams at LCU produced invitations to post-season play, with the Chaps earning a 6-seed and the Lady Chaps a three-seed in the South Central Region.
The men’s team played their first game of the Division II NCAA Tournament in Austin against the third-seeded Colorado School of Mines. They upset the Orediggers 82-73 to advance to the regional semi-finals, holding their red-hot opponents to a near-season-low .379 from the field.
The Chaps continued post-season play against familiar conference foe St. Edwards University, the second-ranked team in the region. Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers’ shooting led them to a victory over LCU, ending the season for the Chaps, despite LCU’s season-best 56.1 shooting percentage. The Chaps ended the season with a record of 21-10, their strongest since joining the NCAA.
The Lady Chaps began their post-season run against the sixth-seed Tarleton State, knocking off the Texans in an 84-53 performance in which they shot a season-high 61.2% from the floor. The offensive performance was cemented by a run of eight-straight three-pointers by the Lady Chaps.
LCU advanced to the regional semi-finals in Grand Junction, Colorado against their hosts, Colorado Mesa. The close win against the second-seeded Mavericks was a nail-biter, with the widest deficit occurring when LCU was down by six points, a gap that they were able to close. The game had 11 lead changes and was tied an additional 10 times as the two teams battled for the win. The Lady Chaps managed to hold on to a three-point lead over the final minute of the game, despite the Mavericks’ four final possessions.
The clutch hold allowed LCU to advance to the regional finals, which they will host at 8 o’clock Tuesday night in the Rip Griffin Center against the Belles of Angelo State University for a bid to the Elite Eight. Tickets are on sale now for $10 each.
With a 76-70 win against Angelo State University, the Lady Chaps clutch their third trip in four years to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight tournament in Columbus, Ohio. The game was a close matchup with several lead changes—despite holding a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Chaps had to battle back from a 33-36 halftime deficit after an explosive 27-point second quarter from the Belles. Strong performances from Olivia Robertson (22 points) and Maddi Chitsey (26 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double) spearheaded the comeback, as LCU outscored ASU 43-34 in the second half. The win marked the 65th of their home win streak, maintaining the longest active streak in the nation and becoming only the third team ever to reach that mark.
Ranked the fifth-seeded team in the bracket, they will face off against the four-seed North Georgia University at 7:30 on March 26. Plans for a watch party are being finalized—keep an eye out for more updates.