“It'll help you even more if you can make your free throws at the end of it, but we didn't do that tonight,” Littell said. “But I think people with foot speed and quickness like Tiffany, it's going to cause people a lot of difficulty in guarding her — especially when she gets a head of steam in transition.”
The East Central University squad was already coming into Tuesday's contest with plenty of distractions. The university in Ada has had controversy surrounding its head coach.
Holombek was named the ECU interim women's head basketball coach, replacing veteran head coach Kent Franz, who had been suspended from coaching and teaching responsibilities after being charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury.
“I thought they played pretty well all night long. ... I believe in their league, they are going to have a really nice year,” Littell said of the ECU squad. “They've got some kids that could shoot the ball, they were scrappy. ... I know the coaches from East Central should be very proud of the way their kids performed. I thought they did very well tonight.”
The Lady Tigers kept the game closer for the better part of the game, but the absence of Dilan Webster, who fouled out early in the second half, took its toll. Webster, a second-team all-conference player last year, only scored two points.
ECU was led in scoring by junior guard Janee Garza with 12 points and Ashleigh Kelman-Poto with 10. The Lady Tigers also got eight points from Ashley Robison before she too fouled out with just under eight minutes left in the contest.
East Central's final exhibition game is Friday at UTSA (University of Texas at San Antonio). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Editor's Note: Jason Elmquist is the sports editor for the Stillwater NewsPress … Ada News sports editor Jeff Cali contributed to this report.