Lubbock Christian University basketball teams haven’t played in almost three weeks. They’d better regain their form right away, because the first week back from the holidays might be one of the toughest of the season.
LCU hosts Heartland Conference doubleheaders today against St. Mary’s — women at 5:30 p.m. and men at 7:30 —and Saturday against Texas A&M International with each of the visiting teams off to strong starts.
The Lady Chaparrals (9-1), St. Mary’s (10-1) and Texas A&M International (9-2) are tied atop the Heartland women’s standings with 5-0 records.
The LCU men (5-2, 1-1) face equally tough challenges from St. Mary’s (8-2, 1-1) and Texas A&M International (9-3, 2-0).
The last time LCU teams played was Dec. 14. The Lady Chaps extended their winning to seven that day with a victory at Oklahoma Christian.
The Lady Chaps have four of the conference’s top 15 scorers in junior guard Nicole Hampton (16.7 points per game), senior forward Emily Pool (14.0), junior guard Kelsey Hoppel (13.9) and junior guard Haley Burton (13.3).
St. Mary’s has the conference’s No. 2 scorer in senior guard Jackie Woods, averaging 17.6 points per game. The Lady Rattlers have won eight in a row, six by single digits.
The LCU men are getting 14.3 points per game from senior forward Eli Baker and 12.1 from sophomore guard A.J. Luckey. Junior guard Marvin Whitt (14.2 ppg) leads St. Mary’s.
Elsewhere today, Wayland Baptist starts Sooner Athletic Conference play at Oklahoma City University. The Flying Queens (3-6) will be trying to upset No. 2 Oklahoma City (4-1, 1-0) in a 6 p.m. game. In the 8 p.m. game, the Pioneers (9-1) need a victory over the Stars (4-4, 0-1) to match the best 11-game start in the program’s history.
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