LUBBOCK, Texas (September 23, 2021) – Lubbock Christian University women’s basketball head coach Steve Gomez has finalized the Lady Chaparrals 2021-2022 schedule, and the defending NCAA Division II national champions open their schedule November 5 in Billings, Mont. at the D2CCA Tipoff Classic at the Trailhead.
The D2CCA Tipoff Classic, hosted by Montana State Billings (for 2021 and 2023), is one of the premier tip-off tournaments in NCAA Division II. The event in Billings features 15 games and 10 premier NCAA Division II teams over three days. LCU opens with NCAA Division II South Region qualifier Montevallo on Nov. 5. They will also face host Montana State Billings (Nov. 6) and Sunshine State Conference Champions Tampa (Nov.7), who went 7-0 last season (did not play enough games to reach the NCAA minimums required for postseason play).
LCU’s trip to Billings will be one of four regular season tournaments the Lady Chaps will participate in. The RMAC/Lone Star Conference Tip-Off Classic in Lakewood, Colo. Will follow LCU’s trip to Montana. The Lakewood event is hosted by Colorado Christian, who will host the Lady Chaps (Nov.12) before LCU faces Colorado State Pueblo (Nov.13) to round out their Rocky Mountain weekend.
The Lady Chaps home opener is set for Nov. 19 inside Rip Griffin Center, and it is their opening game of the Lady Chap Invitational. The Lady Chaps open against NCAA Division II national semifinalist and Elite Eight qualifier Lander, who makes the voyage to Lubbock from Greenwood, S.C. Lander will be one of three Elite Eight qualifiers in Lubbock for the invitational, as Amherst, N.Y. based Daemen College will face LCU Nov.20. The two teams opened the 2021 Elite Eight Tournament with a contest in Columbus, Ohio.
The final in-season tournament for the Lady Chaps will take place Nov.25 and Nov.26 at the Oahu Thanksgiving Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. An excursion, which will also have the Lady Chaps alongside the LCU men’s basketball program (LCU’s men’s program will play three games that week in Hawaii), will see LCU face Minnesota Crookston (Nov.25) and NCAA Division II West Region qualifier Hawaii Pacific (Nov.26), who opens the season on an 18-game home win streak. All games in Hawaii (for both LCU programs) will be hosted by Hawaii Pacific and played at the “Shark Tank.”
LCU has 29 games on the schedule (12 at home), and Lone Star Conference play begins Dec. 31 in Kingsville, Texas, with LCU facing Texas A&M-Kingsville. The first conference home game is Jan. 6 against Arkansas – Fort Smith. LCU has 16 LSC games on the docket, with eight home and eight road contests. There are no divisional formats this season and LCU will play each LSC opponent once, with the results of the 16 LSC matches populated into the conference standings. The top 12 teams will qualify for the LSC Championships (tournament), scheduled to begin Mar. 1, with eight teams advancing to the final site (TBD) scheduled for Mar. 3-6.
NCAA Division II postseason is scheduled to begin Mar. 11 with the South Central Region Tournament. The region champions advance to the Elite Eight Tournament, which is set for Mar.22-25 in Birmingham, Ala. Inside Birmingham Crossplex.
LCU has teamed up with LSC partner HomeTown Tickets this season to handle online advance purchase tickets, which can be accessed at www.lcuchaps.com/tickets. Information in regards to LCU Chap Passes (season ticket passes) or travel inquiries for LCU’s in-season tournaments can be directed to LCU director of athletic engagement, Kim Wheeler, at firstname.lastname@example.org.