FRANKFORT, Ky. — LCU, the nation's leading team in field goal shooting, struggled with a 35.1% (13/37) shooting mark during the first half, as SUNO showed why they lead the NAIA in defensive field goal percentage. The Lady Chaps were able to turn their shooting woes around in the second half. They shot 51.5% (17/33) in the second half and they never led by less than seven points. Trailing 65-52 with 7:41 left in regulation, SUNO attempted to rally with a 5-0 run, but it was short-lived and LCU did not allow a point from the Lady Knights over the final 4:45. LCU went on a 13-0 scoring run to close out the game.
The Lady Chaps completed the game 42.9% (30/70) from the field. SUNO was held without a three-point field goal (0-for-3) in the game. They did receive a double-double from Janee Morton, who had 11 rebounds to go along with a game-high 20 points (16 points in the second half). Perry finished with 16 points in the losing cause for SUNO, who had their season end with a 19-5 mark and a second appearance at the national tournament in program history.
LCU moves to 14-9 all-time in national tournament history and they advance to the round of 16 for the seventh time (out of 10 first round games) all-time and for the third consecutive season. The Lady Chaps move to 30-3 overall on the season and the 30-wins is a single-season record. They will play at 7 p.m. (Central) Friday against local favorite Georgetown (Ky.).