The East Central University women’s basketball team will play the first of two-straight home games, Thursday when they host Henderson State at 5:30 p.m. in the Kerr Activities Center.
Scouting Henderson State
The Lady Reddies are 10-7 overall and 5-6 in the Great American Conference after earning a 70-63 win over Arkansas-Monticello Jan. 26 at home.
Henderson State has two players in double digits in the scoring column. Krystal Beachum leads the team with 14.8 points and adds 3.4 rebounds per game. Beachum has a .466 shooting percentage and has taken 60 more shots than anyone else on the team. Destiny Smith is next on the list with 13.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, while shooting .590 from the field. The Lady Reddies have two other players that have taken over 100 shot attempts (Shareka Maner/Jill Temples), but they are netting only 7.8 and 7.1 points per game.
Henderson State has a +3.5 scoring and +5.5 rebounding margin on the season. The Lady Reddies and their opponents are close in the shooting percentage column (.405/.402), but Henderson State has taken over 100 more shots and 60 more three’s. The shooting percentage from beyond the arc is not as close, at .281 to .354.
Against the Lady Reddies
In the first meeting of the 2012-13 season, the Lady Tigers claimed a 63-60 win at Henderson State (Dec. 1), in the second GAC game of the season.
Senior Lindsay McCown led the team with 10 points and nine rebounds per game, while junior Alycea Price added nine points.
Key players for the Lady Reddies were Jill Temples (21 points), Krystal Beachum (17 points) and Destiny Smith (21 rebounds).
The game was close across the stat sheet, with ECU earning one more field goal and two more free throws than Henderson State.
The all-time series with the Lady Reddies is one of the shortest against teams in the GAC, at just 5-1 in favor of ECU. The Tigers have won the last two games in the series, including a 79-66 win Feb. 4, 2012 at the Kerr Activities Center.
Across the Board
For what is believed to be the first time in school history, ECU has 7-of-8 players who saw action against Southeastern score at least 10 points. Senior Kodi Morrison and sophomore Dilan Webster led the team with 17 points each, with sophomore Erin Walling adding 16. Junior Ashley Robison contributed 11 and sophomore Taylor Fischer, junior Alex Tucker and senior Regan Browne all netted 10.
Closing in on 300
The win against Southeastern gave head coach Kent Franz his 299th career win, just one away from 300. Franz is now 299-294 in his 22 seasons as the head coach for ECU.
The Lady Tigers were on a roll, winning nine-straight games from Dec. 1, 2012-Jan. 12, 2013. The winning streak is the second longest in school history. The longest winning streak in school history is 13 games from Jan. 18, 1989 to Feb. 28, 1989.