If Monday night's triple-double for Lubbock Christian University's Tess Bruffey in the Lady Chaps NCAA Division II South Central Region Championship Game wasn't enough, the senior also claimed the D2CCA All-South Central Region Player of the Year honor and was a First Team selection. Bruffey becomes a three-time All-Region selection by D2CCA, and has claimed First Team honors each season.
This is her first Region Player of the Year Honor and the second ever received by the Lady Chaps (the first being Nicole Hampton in 2016). To kick-off the March postseason awards, Bruffey became just the third player in Heartland Conference history to win back-to-back Player of the Year awards. Bruffey also became the first place in conference history to win both the Player of the Year and Defender of the Year award in the same season.
The Lubbock, Texas native was all across the stat sheet once again averaging 15.3 points, (3rd), 8.6 rebounds (2nd) and 4.0 blocks (1st) per game. Her 127 blocks this season is a single-season program and conference record. Defensively, the four-time All-Conference selection ranks second nationally in blocks per game (4.0) and blocks (127). She is LCU's career leader and the Heartland Conference's career leader in blocks with 399, which marks her as the NCAA Division II's career active leader and tied for the sixth highest total in NCAA Division II history. She also ranks fifth in program and second in conference history in points with 1,719. Monday, the CoSIDA Academic All-District selection notched her second career triple-double and the fourth in LCU program history. The game was her last home game, which closed her record as a player inside Rip Griffin Center at 55-2 (96.5%), and she was on the winning side for the final 50 straight home games she played in.
The Lady Chaps improved to 31-1 Monday, hitting the 31-win plateau for a second time in program history. They advanced to the Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, S.D. and will play the University of Central Missouri Monday, Mar. 19 at noon CDT.