No.10/11 Central Missouri was held without a field goal for the final 5:12 of the game, but they had their final 14 points scored from the free-throw line to defeat No.2 Lubbock Christian University 72-62 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Tournament at Sanford Pentagon Monday afternoon.
The loss is LCU's first NCAA Division II postseason loss in program history (9-1) and it closes their 2017-18 season at 31-2.
The loss also closes out the storied career of Tess Bruffey. Bruffey, becoming the Heartland Conference's all-time leader in games played (Monday marked her 124th career game), was held to nine points and five rebounds to finish her career with 1,728 points (fourth all-time in program history and second in Heartland history) and 845 rebounds (third in program history and fourth in Heartland history). Bruffey was named to the WBCA All-American team at the beginning of post-season play.
LCU completes the season with a 31-2 mark. Their second best win percentage (93.9%) in program history and the 31 wins matches as the second highest in program history.
The Jennies ended LCU's 25-game win streak, but LCU still holds win streaks at home (50 games) and on the road (nine games), as both losses during the season came in neutral site venues. The game marked the final game for LCU's seniors. Joining Bruffey to close out their LCU careers were Delaney Gaddis and Caitlyn Buttram.