Tess Bruffey planted her feet behind the 3-point line and took her shot.
The Lubbock Christian University senior forward heard nothing but the sound of the basketball rustling into the net before the home crowd went into a frenzy Thursday inside the Rip Griffin Center.
Bruffey kept the fans on fire all night as she finished with a career-high six 3-pointers as the Lady Chaparrals, who are ranked No. 5 and No. 6 in two major NCAA Division II polls, cruised to a 95-65 win over previously undefeated No. 14/19 Southwestern Oklahoma State in a non-conference game.
“Confidence is something that I have been working on personally,” said Bruffey, who finished 6 of 7 from the 3-point line and ended with a game-high 25 points. “So, I was trying to come out on fire and not over-think it, and play with confidence and be aggressive.”
Bruffey gave her team the initial lead with a layup, but Southwestern Oklahoma sophomore guard Taylor Hendrick answered with a score of her own with 8:18 left in the first quarter to put things at 2-2. Lady Bulldog freshman forward Bethany Franks drew a foul and went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line to give her team a 4-2 advantage at the 7:17 mark.
That sequence was as close as SWOSU (8-1) would come to Lubbock Christian (10-1) in the first quarter and game.
Lady Chaparrals sophomore post Maddi Chitsey added two points to the board and hit the team’s first 3-pointer with 6:36 to give Lubbock Christian a 7-4 lead. Lubbock Christian got going on offense, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 20-9 thanks to its stellar perimeter shooting. Bruffey accounted for four of the team’s six 3-pointers in the first.
“I felt like our girls were really focused and defensively we tried hard not to give them three point shots, because they shoot really well,” said Lubbock Christian coach Steve Gomez, whose squad shot 50 percent (15 of 30) from the 3-point line. “We tried not to foul them and drove it. We were able to do that and they had some foul trouble that took some of their key players out. That is going to effect the flow of the game, too. When you shoot 15 0f 30 from the three, that is going to make a difference.
“It was just one of those nights where everything really went well for us.”
Southwestern Oklahoma proved to be more competitive in the second quarter.
Lady Bulldog junior guard Hayden Priddy opened up the second on a four-point run — hitting a jumper and making a pair of free throws — as Southwestern Oklahoma outscored the Lady Chaps 19-16 to pull the game within 11 points (43-32) by halftime.
“I felt that we were steady from start to finish,” Gomez said. “We knew they were going to make some plays and when they did we had to go make a play ourselves. At the end of the half we could have ended stronger, but they made some good plays.”
Lubbock Christian came out on fire for the next two quarters, outscoring SWOSU 52-33 to close out the game and earn their sixth straight win at home.
Along with Bruffey, the Lady Chaps had three other players finish in double figures: Maddi Chitsey 17, Bobbi Chitsey 14 and Caitlyn Cunyus had 10.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Hailey Tucker (17 points), Tyra Aska (13) and Penina Faumui (12).
“We are hoping to go far and we have a lot of potential,” Bruffey said. “We see the potential and we want to just keep tapping into it and be the best we can be.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tess Bruffey had a career-high night with six 3-pointers, and matched a season-high by netting 25 points.
Lubbock Christian remains undefeated on its home court this season. With the 95-65 win over Southwestern Oklahoma, the Lady Chaparrals extend their home winning streak to six games.
LCU will be off for eight days and then host Cameron at 1 p.m. on Dec. 16. Southwestern hosts Oklahoma Christian at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 15.
Lubbock Christian 95, Southwestern Okla. 65
SWOSU 13 19 19 14 — 65
Lubbock Christian 27 16 29 23 — 95
Scorers: Southwestern Okla., Hailey Tucker 17, Tyra Aska 13, Penina Faumui 12, Taylor Hedrick 9, Hayden Priddy 5, Nicole Middleton 4, Bethany Franks 3, Savannah Gray 2; Lubbock Christian, Tess Bruffey 25, Maddi Chitsey 17, Bobbi Chitsey 14, Caitlyn Cunyus 10, Delaney Gaddis 8, Olivia Robertson 7, Kailin Davis 5, Ashton Duncan 3, Madelyn Turner 3, Allie Schulte 2, Caitlyn Buttram 1. Records: Southwestern Okla. 8-1; Lubbock Christian 10-1.