The East Central University women’s basketball team will honor three seniors in the final game of the 2012-13 season at the Kerr Activities Center, Thursday, Feb. 21, when they host Southern Nazarene at 5:30 p.m.
Scouting Southern Nazarene
The Crimson Storm are 14-9 overall and 11-6 in the Great American Conference after winning their last six games.
SNU has three players that account for 63 percent of its scoring, 53 percent of the rebounding and 57 percent of the shots taken. Oumoul Thiam leads the team with 20.6 points and four rebounds per game. She is shooting .444 from the field and alone accounts for 30 percent of the triples taken this season. She is making 39.2 percent of her threes and has taken over twice as many as any of her teammates. Annie Kassongo is next on the scoring list with 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Aminata Fall is the final member of the trio with 11.5 points and 13.2 rebounds per contest.
The Crimson Storm has a +3.7 scoring and +3.9 rebounding margin on the year while shooting .421 overall and .321 from beyond the arc. They allow a .366 overall and .309 three-point shooting mark. Their biggest advantage on the season box score is in blocks where they average 6.1 per game.
Against the Crimson Storm
The first meeting between the Lady Tigers and SNU this season resulted in a 60-73 loss in Bethany, Okla., for ECU. Free throws became a key factor with the Lady Tigers going 6-of-13 from the line and allowing a 15-of-17 mark by the Crimson Storm.
Junior Ashley Robison and sophomore Dilan Webster led the Lady Tigers. Robison tallied 15 points and five rebounds, while Webster added 10 points and seven boards.
Aminata Fall led the Crimson Storm with 12 points and 20 rebounds, while Oumoul Thiam added 17 points.
The Crimson Storm currently own a 13-10 advantage in the all-time series after winning the last 11 meetings, including the last meeting in Ada, Feb. 26, 1994 (L, 56-103).
The Lady Tigers will honor their three seniors between the women’s and men’s games Thursday. ECU will honor seniors Regan Browne, Lindsay McCown and Kodi Morrison.
Regan Making Waves
Senior Regan Browne had a strong outing at Arkansas-Monticello, setting season bests for points (18), field-goals made (5), three-point field-goals made (2) and free-throws made (6).
Sophomore Taylor Fischer came off the bench for the Lady Tigers in the first half at Southern Arkansas and hit her first three triple attempts. She ended the game with a career-best 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range.
The Lady Tigers 65-57 win over Henderson State at the Kerr Activities Center was a special game for head coach Kent Franz, who earned his 300th career victory. Franz is now 303-296 in his 22 seasons as the head coach for ECU.
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.
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.
Sophomore Dilan Webster earned her first GAC Player of the Week award for Jan. 14. Webster started the week off with her second double-double of the season with 17 points and a season-best 11 rebounds at Northwestern Oklahoma State.
The Oklahoma City, Okla., native then led the Lady Tigers to victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State, with a career-best 31 points. She recorded the first 30-point game for an ECU player since Dec. 5, 2009 when Danielle Cox tallied 31 against Eastern New Mexico. The win also broke a four-game losing streak to the Lady Bulldogs.
Sophomore Dilan Webster put on a blocking clinic in the opening minutes of the game at Mid-America Christian. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native tallied five blocks in the first half against the Evangels and ended the game with a career-high six.
Webster has also tallied 60 blocks in 2012-13, 30 more than her freshman campaign. Her 90 career blocks surpassed the ECU career block record of 89 set by Gina Farmer (1995-97).
Winning on the Road
ECU has already earned eight wins on the road, which is seven more than the 2011-12 campaign and the most since winning eight road games in four previous seasons, nine in one, 10 in one and went 11-8 in 1982-83 and 11-2 in 1995-96.
For what is believed to be the first time in school history, three Lady Tigers tallied double-doubles in a single game, when ECU defeated Arkansas-Monticello, 74-45. Senior Lindsay McCown earned her second of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Ashley Robison also tallied her second of the year, with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Alycea Price added the final double-double of the night and the first of her career, with 12 points and 11 boards.
McCown Making a Mark
Senior Lindsay McCown was rewarded after averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in two victories against Mid-America Christian and St. Mary’s, who entered their games with the Lady Tigers with a combined 18-3 record.
McCown set season highs for points (24), assists (4), field goals (8), three-point field goals (2) and free throws (6) against St. Mary’s. She tallied her second career double-double at Mid-America Christian, with 11 points and a career-best 11 rebounds.
The Lady Tigers have been making great strides to improve their record from a season ago. ECU finished 5-1 in non-conference play, up from a 2-9 mark from 2011-12.
As a team, the Lady Tigers shot 50 percent or higher in three games this season. ECU shot .517 at Cameron (Nov. 15), .571 against Southern Arkansas (Jan. 5) and .500 at Southwestern Oklahoma State (Jan. 12). In those games the Lady Tigers also held their opponents to below .300 in two games and .354 in the third.
Starting on a Winning Note
For the first time since the 2008-09 campaign, the Lady Tigers have started the season with a win in the opening game after they defeated SGU, 69-51 (Nov. 10).
ECU will finish up the regular season on the road at Southwestern (Feb. 28) and Arkansas Tech (March 2).