The East Central University women’s basketball team continued to hand its opponents noteworthy losses, as the Lady Tigers handed Henderson State its first home loss of 2013-14, 62-52, in Great American Conference action at Duke Wells Center.
The Lady Tigers (12-6, 7-5 GAC) were led by senior Alycea Price, with a career-high 19 points and six rebounds. Junior Dilan Webster added 11 points and nine boards. Senior Ashley Robison also had a strong all-around game with 10 points, seven boards, two assists and one block.
“We played defense and were in control the whole game,” said interim head coach Emily Holombek. “We held them to zero threes in the second half and crashed the boards. Alycea Price and everyone else who had to did a great job guarding Aungelique Sledge. Every player helped tonight and did their jobs for a true team win.”
The first half started out tight, with the Lady Reddies (12-6, 7-5 GAC) holding a slight lead in the first six minutes. With 13:26 left on the clock, ECU started to make its move, going on a 12-3 run over the next 6:30 to take a 20-14 advantage.
HSU kept fighting and cut the advantage to three over the next two minutes. However, a Lady Tiger 8-0 run over the next three minutes gave them a 31-20 lead. The Lady Reddies didn’t give up and used a 9-2 run in the final minutes to cut the deficit to 33-29 at the half.
The second half started much like the first, with ECU holding a three- to five-point lead for the first four minutes. The Lady Tigers then used a 13-2 run over the next 10 minutes to push the lead out to 13 (53-40). HSU’s three points during the span all came at the charity stripe, and the Lady Reddies continued without a field goal for a total of 12 minutes.
The Lady Reddies kept the score within reach during the span by hitting nine free throws and then returned the favor by keeping ECU with a field goal until the final 30 seconds of the game. However, the Lady Tigers hit four free throws to keep the lead around seven points. ECU hit a layup in the final 30 seconds to push the advantage to 62-52.
The fortunes for each team were reversed from when the Lady Reddies came to Ada earlier this season, as ECU shot 45.5 percent (15-of-31) from the field and held HSU to 29.4 percent (9-of-23). The Lady Tigers also earned a key 41-to 31 advantage on the glass. ECU’s defense picked up in the second half, holding the Lady Reddies to zero triples after allowing six in the first half.
Henderson 75, ECU 56
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — The East Central University men’s basketball team fell to Henderson State in Great American Conference action at the Duke Wells Center, 75-56.
The Tigers (11-7, 8-4 GAC) were led by senior Miles Mitchell, who tallied 13 points and two rebounds. Senior Chris Fisher added 11 points and five boards, while senior Colby Carr garnered 10 points and three assists.
The Reddies (9-11, 5-7 GAC) took an early six-point lead in the first five minutes, but ECU fought back with a 7-0 run to take a quick 11-10 advantage over the next three minutes. The teams battled for control for the next few minutes before a 6-0 Reddies run pushed the lead out to 20-13, with 8:17 left to play in the stanza.
HSU kept the pressure up for the next four minutes before a 14-4 run gave the Tigers a 33-31 lead with just seconds left in the half. The Reddies were able to get one more shot off and hit a three to take a 34-33 lead into the locker room.
ECU scored the first points of the second half, but HSU followed with a 9-0 run to take a 35-43 advantage. The Tigers kept fighting and cut the disadvantage to two (41-43), with 14:10 remaining. But it was not enough momentum to overcome, as the Reddies followed with an 11-2 run to take control for the game and earn the 56-75 win.
While both teams had strong overall shooting percentages (40.0 to 45.3), the Reddies earned a key advantage on shots from beyond the arc. The Tigers were 5-of-18 from three-point range, while HSU was 11-of-24.
The Tigers will look to rebound Saturday, Feb. 1, when they face Ouachita Baptist at Bill Vining Arena at 4 p.m. in Arkadelphia, Ark.