East Central University’s Lady Tigers shot 48 percent from 3-point land and owned a convincing 54-38 advantage on the boards while coasting to a 78-52 basketball victory over Southwestern Christian University’s Lady Eagles on Tuesday night at the Kerr Activities Center.
ECU, which improved to 3-2 on the season, placed three players in double figures and nearly got a double-double effort from redshirt freshman forward Ashley Robison, who finished with nine points and 11 rebounds. Seven of her boards came on the offensive end.
Guards Jourdan Clark and Casi Rawls paced the Lady Tigers with 13 points apiece and Laura Harris added 11 as she nailed 3-of-6 shots from 3-point territory. Harris also snatched eight rebounds.
ECU, which drained 12-of-25 long-range tries, did shoot better from outside the arch as opposed to within (only 13-of-38). Clark and Rawls each connected on a pair of treys.
Also contributing big for the Lady Tigers were junior forward Kelcie Nunley with nine points and six boards in 19 minutes of play; senior Krista Bullis with eight points, including two 3-pointers, to go with three steals; and Regan Browne, who also tallied eight points, grabbed six rebounds and added three assists. Browne also knocked down a pair of treys.
Senior Indhira Ramirez finished with only four points, but pulled down seven rebounds and blocked four shots.
Rawls, who was named Lone Star Conference North Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after getting five steals in the Lady Tigers’ 66-62 home win over Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday, registered three swipes on Tuesday as ECU compiled eight steals in the game.
The Lady Tigers’ biggest struggle of the night was 23 turnovers, compared to the visitors’ 20.
Southwestern Christian, which fell to 4-7, received a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds from LaPorchea Sanders. Danyel Moses followed with 12 points.
The Lady Eagles were held to 31.7 percent shooting, including only 28.8 percent from 3-point range. SCU also connected on just 10-of-19 free throws.
ECU hit only 61.5 percent (16-of-26) of its attempts from the charity stripe.
The Lady Tigers return to action Thursday as they visit Midwestern State University for a 6 p.m. tip in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Darby saves day
for ECU men
ADA — Guard Denarius Darby nailed an off-balance jumper in the lane, drew the foul and hit the ensuing free throw to complete an old-fashioned 3-point play with 6.4 seconds to go as the East Central University men’s basketball squad escaped with a 57-54 overtime victory over Southwestern Christian University Tuesday night on Wayne Cobb Court inside the Kerr Activities Center.
Darby, a 6-2 senior, led the Tigers with 13 points to go with six rebounds, two assists and one steal as ECU improved to 5-1 on the season. He was one of four Tigers to reach double figures.
Junior guard Jamal Edwards and Caprest Rhone followed with 11 points each for ECU while 6-5 senior forward registered a double-double with 10 points and a game-leading 14 rebounds.
The Tigers enjoyed a huge advantage on the boards by a 48-31 margin as 6-7 junior Darnell Davis pulled down 11 boards to go with his seven points. The only other ECU player to get into the scoring column was Bobby McAdoo with five, including one 3-pointer.
Darby’s jumper in the paint with 29 seconds left in regulation forced overtime as the Tigers forged a 50-all deadlock.
The Eagles had a turnover and foul with four seconds to go as they were unable to get a shot off against the Tigers’ tough pressure defense. On the other end, ECU was unable to score after missed shots by Snead and Edwards sent the game to the extra session.
The Tigers’ biggest downfall of the night was free-throw shooting. They converted only 18-of-31 tries (58.1 percent) as they were unable to put away pesky SCU.
ECU also managed to shoot just 32.7 percent for the game and only 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from 3-point territory.
Riemond Prince poured in a game-high 18 points to pace the Eagles, who shot 37.7 percent from the floor overall, 30.8 percent from 3-point range (4-of-13) and 66.7 from the charity stripe (10-of-15).
Prince hit 7-of-11 shots from the field to go with eight rebounds and a pair of assists. Teammate Josh Gamblin added 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting (2-of-2 from long range) and was 4-of-4 from the line.
Other than Darby’s heroic bucket in the waning seconds, the Tigers did the rest of their scoring from the free-throw line in OT as Rhone sank two to make it 52-50 with 4:28 to go. Snead and Darby each hit 1-of-2 tries to push the ECU advantage to 54-50 with 2:01 remaining.
But a Gamblin 3-pointer cut it to 54-53 with 1:37 left and SCU’s Ray Hilliard hit the second of two free-throw attempts to make it 54-all with 19 seconds to go.
The Tigers’ next action will be Thursday at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls for an 8 p.m. tipoff.