East Central University’s Lady Tigers knocked down 11 three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to overcome NCAA Division I Texas-Arlington as the host Mavericks came away with a 77-57 victory Saturday in exhibition basketball play.
Guards Casi Rawls and Jourdan Clark canned three treys apiece as the senior Rawls paced ECU with 15 points and the sophomore Clark was next with 14 in the Lady Tigers’ exhibition opener.
ECU, which had a respectable shooting effort from long range (42.3 percent), struggled inside with only eight close-range field goals on the night. The Lady Tigers were outrebounded by a massive 50-28 margin. ECU also had two more turnovers than the hosts, 26-24.
Shalyn Martin paced UTA with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Tamara Simmons followed with 13 points while Jasmine Smith and LaNell Taylor contributed 12 apiece. Desherra Nwanguma added 10 points and seven boards. Smith also pulled down nine rebounds.
For the Lady Tigers, junior Kelcie Nunley chipped in seven points while Krista Bullis and Ashley Robison collected six apiece. Bullis and Robison each drained a pair of 3-pointers.
ECU did hit 8-of-11 free throws (72.7 percent), compared to the Mavericks’ 12-of-24 (only 50 percent).
Rawls handed out a team-high six assists as the Lady Tigers finished with 13 on the night.
Defensively, Clark corralled three steals while Bullis, Rawls and Indhira Ramirez finished with two each for ECU.
UTA held a 38-33 halftime advantage as it shot 46.9 percent in each half. The Mavericks outscored the Lady Tigers by 15 in the final 20 minutes.
ECU plays its final exhibition on Tuesday against another Division I foe, Oklahoma State, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Stillwater.