The East Central University women’s basketball team will hit the road for the first of two games in Arkansas on Thursday, when they face Southern Arkansas at 5:30 p.m. in the Watson Athletic Center.
ECU’s radio home for Lady Tigers basketball in 2012-13 is Ada’s KXFC, 105.5, FM "The X-Factor." Kenny Morrison returns to broadcast the games for his 15th consecutive season. Morrison, a 1987 ECU graduate, spent two seasons doing color prior to taking over the play-by-play duties during the 1997-98 season.
Fans who can’t be at the game can find links to live stats, live video (if available) and the KXFC radio broadcast on ECUTigers.com. Go to the women’s basketball schedule page.
Scouting Southern Arkansas
The Lady Muleriders have struggled this season to a 0-18 overall and 0-13 mark in the Great American Conference.
SAU has a -22.8 scoring and -6.6 rebounding margin on the season, while shooting .338 from the field and .239 from beyond the arc. However, the Muleriders' opponents are making 42.9 percent of their overall shots and 28.1 percent of their triples. Getting to the free-throw line has also been hard for the Lady Muleriders, who are 195-of-340 (57.4 percent). SAU has sent its opponent to the charity stripe 583 times (393 made/67.4 percent).
The Lady Muleriders have one player averaging over 10 points per game and one at 9.9 points per outing. Katherine McBride leads the team with 15.5 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game, while shooting .438 from the field. Tori Nichols is next on the scoring list with 9.9 points and a team-best 8.2 rebounds per game.
Against the Lady Muleriders
In the first meeting between ECU and SAU this season, the Lady Tigers earned an 84-47 win at the Kerr Activities Center on Jan. 5. ECU had a strong shooting day, with a .571 mark overall and a .500 mark from three-point range. The Lady Muleriders shot 25.4 percent for the game.
Sophomore Erin Walling led the Lady Tigers with 16 points, while fellow sophomore Dilan Webster added 14.
Bria Snowden and Stevi Cooper led SAU. Snowden tallied 15 points, and Cooper added 10.
Thursday’s meeting will be the ninth in the all-time series that dates back to Dec. 11, 1988. ECU currently leads the series 5-3 after winning the last two games. SAU claimed a win in the last meeting in Magnolia (71-74).
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 301-294 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 seven of eight 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, to 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 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 native tallied five blocks in the first half against the Evangels and ended the game with a career-high six.
Webster has also tallied 50 blocks in 2012-13, 20 more than her freshman campaign. Her 80 career blocks are getting close to the ECU career block record of 89 set by Gina Farmer (1995-97).
Winning on the Road
ECU has already earned six wins on the road, which is five more than the 2011-12 campaign and the most since 2006-07, when the Lady Tigers went 7-6. ECU has won 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 averaging 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 (four), field goals (eight), three-point field goals (two) and free throws (six) 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 in 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).
The Lady Tigers will remain on the road for a game at Arkansas-Monticello (Feb. 9). ECU will then return home for the final three home games of the season Feb. 14-21, starting with a 5:30 p.m. battle with Southwestern Oklahoma State on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Pinkout/Date Night game.