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.