The undefeated LCU Lady Chaps complete a storybook season with a 78-73 win over University of Alaska Anchorage at the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, earning LCU's first national women's basketball title in program history.
Top-ranked Lubbock Christian University became the third team in NCAA Division II Women's Basketball history to complete a perfect season and the first to win a national championship in their first season of eligibility.
This season is LCU's first season eligible for NCAA postseason after transitioning from NAIA, where they claimed 14 team NAIA National Titles – 11 by running programs, two by baseball, and one by softball. The senior duo of Kelsey Hoppel and Nicole Hampton, who close their LCU careers with a combined 3,247 points, led LCU in the win.
The title is the first national title for LCU at the NCAA Div. II level. They are the first team to go undefeated in NCAA Division II Women's Basketball since Bentley went 35-0 two seasons ago. LCU is the first Heartland Conference member to claim a title in women's basketball.
More than 500 fans made the trip from to Indianapolis to support the Lady Chaps at the Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, and nearly 1,500 students, faculty, staff, and fans packed the Rip Griffin Center to cheer on the Lady Chaps at the campus watch party.
Join us for a Championship Celebration for the Lady Chaps Basketball team held in the Rip Griffin Center at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.