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Back at Kerr Center East Central's Jamal Edwards looks to score in action earlier this year. Both ECU basketball teams will return home Monday night, hosting Incarnate Word. Tip-off for the women's game is 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8 p.m.

Photo courtesy Gina Smith/ECU Sports Information

East Central University closes out the home portion of its pre-Christmas schedule on Monday night by entertaining University of the Incarnate Word (Texas) in Lone Star Conference women’s and men’s crossover basketball play on Wayne Cobb Court inside the Kerr Activities Center.

The women’s game will tip off at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at approximately 8 o’clock.

The Lady Tigers, of head coach Kent Franz, bring a 3-4 record into Monday’s contest while the UIW women were 0-4, heading into a Saturday night matchup at Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant.

Senior guard Casi Rawls tops ECU in scoring (13.4 points per game), assists (3.6) and steals (3.1) while fellow senior guard Laura Harris, who is on a torrid shooting pace, has a 10.3 scoring average.

Harris is shooting 64 percent from 3-point range in the last four games and 61.3 percent from the field overall during that span. She recently poured in a career-high 28 points on 8-of-11 shooting (6-of-8 from 3-point range) in the Lady Tigers’ 80-76 loss at Midwestern State on Dec. 2.

Heading into Saturday’s game at SOSU, the Cardinals were led in scoring by 5-5 guard Brittany Jackson’s 11.0 average. Teammate Chloe Wallace, a 5-11 junior post/forward is next at 10.0 and leads the UIW rebounders with a 7.5 average.

Coach Joe Redmond’s Tigers, 6-3 on the season, are coming off an impressive come-from-behind 71-66 home victory over Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, avenging an earlier season loss in Dallas. Off the bench, Eric Avant paced ECU with 15 points, starting junior guard Caprest Rhone followed with 14 and Jamal Edwards added 10 points, six assists and six rebounds. Chris Lee’s 10 boards top the Tigers in that department.

Senior guard Denarius Darby leads the Tigers with an 11.9 scoring average, followed by Edwards at 11.1 and Rhone at 9.4. Antwone Snead’s 8.2 rebounding average tops the team and Edwards is at 6.6.

UIW had a perfect 7-0 mark, heading into the SOSU game on Saturday, as the Cardinals are poised to get national ranking attention.

Tracy Robinson, a 6-6 senior forward, led the UIW scoring and rebounding charts with 19.6 (scoring) and 9.4 averages, heading into Saturday’s game in Durant. He was also shooting 54.8 percent from the floor through the team’s first seven games.

Five other Cardinals were also averaging in double figures: 6-7 junior Chris Johnson (12.0), 6-2 guard Kelcie Solomon (11.3), 6-3 guard Shaun Umeh (10.3), 6-2 guard Eric Stewart (10.6) and 6-4 forward Jordan Roddy (10.3).

Following Monday’s action, the Tigers and Lady Tigers hit the road for a pair of games each in Texas. The ECU teams visit Abilene Christian on Saturday, Dec. 18, for games at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men). The Tigers then play at Angelo State on Monday, Dec. 20, with the women’s contest set to tip off at 5:30 p.m. with the men to follow at approximately 7:30.

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