Lone Star Conference WBB Finals: LCU avenges early-season loss, beats Commerce in title game

FRISCO – Death, taxes and conference titles. The last one of those may not look like it belongs with the others, but it does when you are discussing the No. 6 Lubbock Christian women’s basketball team.

LCU has been postseason eligible in NCAA Division II for five years and Sunday won its fourth conference title in a dominating fashion. The Lady Chaps won the Lone Star Conference title in their first appearance on Sunday afternoon with a 57-43 win over No. 10 Texas A&M-Commerce.

“The first half was great to get some confidence early,” LCU head coach Steve Gomez said. “It was just another 40-minute adventure. That’s what these things are. We had to bear down after some fatigue of the last few days, but I’m appreciate the toughness of these kids.”

The Lady Chaps (28-3) earned an automatic berth in the NCAA DII national tournament and will most likely host the South Central Regional next weekend as they try to defend their national title.

TAMUC (28-3) will earn an at-large bid to the South Central Regional after appearing in their first LSC title game since 2007. The Lions have set multiple program records this season.

“There seemed to be a lid on the basket on the side we shot on in both halves,” TAMUC head coach Jason Burton said. “If you told me that we were going to force 16 turnovers and we only had 10, we were going to hold one of the best field goal percentage shooting teams in the country to 38 percent I think we win the game but shots didn’t fall today.”

LCU was playing in its first LSC tournament after spending four years in the now defunct Heartland Conference. The Lady Chaps appeared in all four title games they were eligible for in the Heartland and won the title in three of the four years.

“I appreciate the whole professionalism of everyone here in Frisco,” Gomez said. “The whole season – this is not easy. Twenty-two games and then this tournament where there’s eight teams that could’ve won three games this weekend so we’re fortunate to be here.

“Hopefully this will help us moving forward. We had to play at a high level in this tournament and we’ll see some of these same teams next weekend.”

Lone Star Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Maddi Chitsey led LCU with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Ashton Duncan added 12 points, Allie Schulte had 10 points.

“It was a battle. It’s always physical down there,” Chitsey said. “

Point guard Caitlyn Cunyus was named Most Valuable Player for the tournament as she is the engine behind the methodical offense for the Lady Chaps.

“Whatever I can contribute to the team whether that’s scoring or making a good pass or getting a block, it doesn’t matter for me where I’m contributing it’s just how or when. Low numbers in the stats isn’t a huge deal for me because if I contribute across the board then we have it covered.”

Alexis Bryant led the Lions with 16 points and 15 rebounds while Chania Wright added 10 points.

“Our fans have been amazing this year,” Burton said. “The game against Lubbock Christian was probably the best crowd I’ve ever seen at The Field House for men or women. We appreciate the support and it’s spring break so let’s get them on some buses and get them to Lubbock for the regional.”

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