The East Central women's basketball team couldn't overcome a 24-turnover contest and suffered a 76-74 loss to Southwestern Christian at Pickens Spring Gymnasium in Bethany on Monday.
Southwestern Christian had just 14 turnovers in the contest.
“It is really simple,” said head coach Kent Franz. “We had 10 more turnovers than they did and too many of those were unforced. Southwestern took advantage of their chances and we didn’t. We had too many wasted opportunities on our part, but I give them credit because they played well.”
The Lady Tigers (3-1) were led by senior Kodi Morrison, who tallied a season-best 18 points. Fellow senior Jourdan Clark added 12 points and six rebounds, while junior Alycea Price garnered 12 points and a career-best nine boards.
ECU went to the locker room trailing the Eagles (2-6) by four points (30-34). The Lady Tigers then outscored SCU 44-42 in the second stanza, but the difference was not enough to earn the win.
ECU had a solid game shooting, hitting 40.3 percent (25-62) of their shots from the floor and an even better night from beyond the arc, hitting 42.3 (11-of-26) percent.
The Eagles shot 40.8 percent (29-71) from the floor and just 28.6 (4-of-14) from 3-point range. The Lady Tigers also earned a 46-to 37 rebounding advantage.
The Lady Tigers will finish out their five-game road swing this weekend with the first two Great American Conference games of the 2012-13 campaign. ECU will travel to Arkadelphia, Ark., for games with Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State. The Lady Tigers will first face OBU Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and then battle with Henderson State on Saturday at 2 p.m.