Lubbock Christian was facing a situation on Dec. 8, 2018. The Lady Chaps just lost on the road 66-62 to Cameron and the perennial powerhouse fell to 7-4 in the early season. Sure, there were plenty of excuses, but Lubbock Christian was not a team that would fall into that trap.
The Lady Chaps have won 23 of their 24 games since that fateful day and are in the NCAA DII Women’s Final Four after trouncing North Georgia 99-54 in the Elite 8 on Tuesday. Lubbock Christian (30-5) advances to the Final Four where it will meet No. 1 seed Drury on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio.
The NCAA selection committee has provided Lubbock Christian all the motivation it's needed throughout the tournament. The Lady Chaps were a No. 3 seed in the South Central Regional and had to travel to Grand Junction, Colo. for the first two rounds.
Lubbock Christian accomplished that mission and advanced to the Elite 8 with a 76-70 home win over a tough Angelo State squad.
The NCAA provided more motivation when it handed the Lady Chaps a No. 5 seed North Georgia entering the Elite 8.
Now the top seed in the tournament is on notice as the Lady Chaps put on a show beginning with a 32-14 edge at the end of the first quarter.
Lubbock Christian would not let up throughout the remained of the game as it held a 53-28 lead at the half and won both the third and fourth quarters by identical 23-13 margins.
Maddie Chitsey and Olivia Robertson led the way in the first half as Chitsey would score 22 of her game-high 28 points in the first half and Robertson would follow with 12 of her 14 points in the opening half. Robertson would also contribute seven assists in the first half.
Allie Schulte picked up the scoring for the Lady Chaps and finished the game with 12 points.
Lubbock Christian would make 38 of its 61 field goal attempts in the contest including 13-of-25 from beyond the 3-point line. The Lady Chaps also dominated the boards finishing with an incredible 42-28 advantage.
North Georgia (30-5) was led by Abbie Franklin who scored 16 points while Julianne Sutton added 11 points and Vanessa Agrusa contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.