The task seemed impossible.
No. 1 seed Drury entered the Final Four having won all 35 of its games this season. The only game in the NCAA DII tournament that Drury won by less than double figures was a seven-point win in the Midwest Regional final against Grand Valley State. The Panthers used non-stop pressure to force their opponents to turn the ball over until the opposition waves the white flag.
Someone forgot to tell Lubbock Christian that Drury was unbeatable as the Lady Chaps won each of the first three quarters on their way to a stunning 69-60 win in the NCAA Final Four in Columbus, Ohio. Lubbock Christian (31-5) advances to the NCAA DII national championship game where it will play Southwestern Oklahoma State (35-1) on Friday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
Lubbock Christian will be trying to earn its second NCAA DII national championship as it also won the title during the 2015-2016 season with a perfect 35-0 record.
The finals will be a rematch between the Lady Chaps and SWOSU as Lubbock Christian fell 77-75 on Dec. 3 in Weatherford, Okla. SWOSU has won 35 straight games since its loss to Emporia State to open the season.
Drury had not lost a game since March 12, 2018 when it fell 79-73 in the Midwest Regional final to Ashland, the eventual national runner-up.
Lubbock Christian never allowed the Drury pressure to get them out of its game. The Lady Chaps played under control the majority of the contest or as much as you can against constant full court pressure.
The Lady Chaps turned the ball over 29 times against the pressure but forced the Panthers into 21 turnovers while holding the Panthers to difficult shots on the offensive end.
Lubbock Christian held Drury to 35.1 percent shooting from the field for the game and only 4-of-20 from beyond the 3-point line.
Meanwhile, the Lady Chaps were very efficient offensively as they shot 52.4 percent from the field and were incredible from the free throw line as they made 24-of-24 from the charity stripe.
Maddi Chitsey led Lubbock Christian with 17 points. Olivia Robertson scored 10 of her 15 points in the first half and pulled down seven rebounds in the game while Allie Schulte contributed 13 points and Bobbi Chitsey added 11 points for the Lady Chaps.
Hailey Diestelkamp led Drury with 18 points and seven rebounds while Paige Robinson was the only other Panther to score in double figures with 10 points.