- Ada, Oklahoma

January 6, 2014

East Central University women drop Arkansas-Monticello

Teri LaJeunesse ECU Sports Information

MONTICELLO, Ark. —    The East Central University had a good start to the 2014 portion of the season, with a 66-54 win over Arkansas-Monticello Thursday at Steelman Fieldhouse in Great American Conference action.

   The Lady Tigers (7-4, 2-3 GAC) were led by senior Alycea Price, who tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Price was one of four ECU players with double-digits in the points column, with senior Ashley Robison adding 12, junior Erin Walling 11 and junior Dilan Webster 10.

   The first half started with a 4-0 run by the Cotton Blossoms (5-5, 1-3 GAC) before ECU was able to get on the scoreboard with 16:50 left to play. The Lady Tigers kept fighting and took their first lead with 15:35 to play after two-straight three-pointers.

   The game remained tight for the next minute, with UAM taking an 10-8 advantage after the first 5:30. That is when ECU went to work and didn’t allow the Cotton Blossoms to score a field goal after the 14:22 mark.

   UAM scored four points over the next few minutes at the charity stripe but were then held scoreless for the last 6:08 of the half. The Lady Tigers took advantage of the slump and went on a 15-0 run in the final minutes to take a 31-14 lead into the locker room.

   The second half was a much closer battle, with the Cotton Blossoms using several runs to cut the deficit down to three in the final minutes of the half. UAM first used an 8-0 run over a three minute span to cut the disadvantage to seven (39-32). The game was tight for the next five minutes before another 4-0 run by the Cotton Blossoms cut the lead to three (45-42), with 8:11 left on the clock.

   Both teams then traded 5-0 runs over the next five minutes, resulting in a 52-49 lead for the Lady Tigers. ECU outscored UAM 14-5 in the final three minutes of the game to earn the 66-54 win.

   The Lady Tigers earned key advantages in rebounds and shooting percentages. ECU out-rebounded the Cotton Blossoms 40-32 and outshot UAM 45.6 percent (26-of-57) to 34.0 percent (18-of-53). The Lady Tigers also added a 35.3 (6-of-17) mark from beyond the arch and were a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.

ECU men can’t catch UAM

   MONTICELLO, Ark. – The East Central University men’s basketball team dropped a 76-71 decision to Arkansas-Monticello Thursday nighht in Great American Conference action.

   The Tigers (6-5, 3-2 GAC) were led by junior Brandon Lucas, who tallied 15 points and added five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Redshirt freshman A.J. Moutry added 12 points, while senior Chris Lee contributed 10 points and four rebounds.

   The first half was a back-and-forth battle that ended with a 39-all tie at the end of 20 minutes.

   The Tigers opened the second half with a 4-0 run, but UAM followed with a 10-0 run to take a 49-43 advantage. ECU fought back with an 8-0 run to regain a small (51-49) lead. However, the Boll Weevils used a 9-0 run to take the lead again with 9:45 left on the clock, 60-54.

   After both teams went cold from the field but were able to score from the charity stripe for four minutes, Moutry tied the game at 67 with just over four minutes left to play. However, UAM took advantage of several free-throw opportunities in the final minutes of the game and earned the win.