The East Central University women’s basketball team earned its fourth-straight win, with a 74-59 victory over Southern Arkansas at the Kerr Activities Center in Great American Conference action.
The Lady Tigers (14-6, 9-5 GAC) were led by senior Ashley Robison, who tallied a season-best 25 points. Robison went 6-of-8 from beyond the arc and 7-of-10 from the field, while adding four rebounds. Fellow senior Alycea Price contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.
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Both teams were in defensive mode right from the start of the game, with ECU earning the first points of the game, with 16:40 left to play. The Lady Tigers held the Lady Muleriders (10-10, 6-8 GAC) without a score through the first four minutes and tallied four of their own during the span.
ECU held the advantage between four and seven points for most of the half. In the middle of the stanza, SAU used a 5-0 run over a three-minute span to cut the deficit to one (19-18). The Lady Muleriders kept the score within one to three points for the next three minutes.
However, the Lady Tigers countered with an 8-2 run over the final minutes to push the lead back out to 11 points (33-24) heading into the intermission.
The second half started much like the first with a defensive battle, but ECU was able to push the advantage out to 14, with just under 17 minutes to play. The score remained in a double-digit lead for the Lady Tigers for the next three minutes. That is when SAU used a 5-0 run to cut the lead to six.
ECU pushed back with an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to regain a double-digit advantage. The Lady Tigers kept the advantage above 11 points of the rest of the half and built it over 20 around the four-minute mark. In the final 2:30, the Lady Muleriders made a final 9-2 push, but fell 74-59.
The game saw both teams force over 50 combined turnovers, with ECU earning a slight 12-9 edge in points off turnovers. The Lady Tigers also out-rebounded SAU 49-39. However, the biggest difference maker came at the charity stripe. ECU went 22-of-29 for the game and held the Lady Muleriders to an 11-of-20 mark.
The Lady Tigers will remain at home to battle with Arkansas-Monticello, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Kerr Activities Center.