The East Central University women’s basketball team will wrap up a three-game home stand, Thursday, Jan. 16 when they host Southern Nazarene at the Kerr Activities Center at 5:30 p.m.
ECU’s radio home for Lady Tigers basketball in 2013-14 is Ada’s KXFC, 105.5, FM ‘The X-Factor’. Kenny Morrison returns to broadcast the games for his 17th season. Morrison, a 1987 ECU graduate, spent two seasons doing color prior to taking over the play-by-play duties during the 1997-98 season.
Fans who can’t be at the game can find links to live stats, live video (if available) and the KXFC radio broadcast on ECUTigers.com. Go to the women’s basketball schedule page. Fans can listen to the radio broadcast online or through the FREE KXFC App available in ITunes, Google Stores where apps are sold and www.kxfcradio.com.
Scouting Southern Nazarene
The Crimson Storm are 7-6 overall and 4-3 in the Great American Conference after winning their last two games. The close record is reflected in their -0.2 scoring margin, but SNU does have a +4.2 rebounding margin and a clear .408 to .376 advantage in shooting percentage, despite having taken 100 fewer shots.
The Crimson Storm have three players in double-digits in the scoring column, with the next highest total being 7.1. Aminata Fall leads the team with 16.8 points and 15.0 rebounds per game, while adding 34 blocks. Kristin Milster added 16.8 points per game and 4.8 boards, while shooting .429 from the field. Calee Cox is the final member of the trio, with 15.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Cox has attempted 161 total shots this season, with 101 of those coming from beyond the arc.
Against the Crimson Storm
In 2012-13 the Lady Tigers struggled against SNU, falling in both meetings. The Crimson Storm earned an 11 point scoring and nine point rebounding margin in the series.
Senior Ashley Robison and junior Dilan Webster led the returners for ECU. Robison tallied 15.5 points and seven rebounds per game, while shooting .611. Webster added 11 points and six rebounds per game.
Aminata Fall and Kristin Milster are the top returners for SNU. Fall averaged 15 points and 16 rebounds per game, while Milster added nine points and five boards per outing.
The Crimson Storm currently hold a 14-10 advantage in the all-time series, having won the last 12 meetings. The series dates back to 1982, and is the first game on the books that are available for the Lady Tigers.
Jackson Grabbing the Boards
Redshirt freshman Jalyn Jackson has been pulling in the rebounds for the Lady Tigers this season, recording 10 or more rebounds in four games so far. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native had a career-best 17 boards at Southern Arkansas, which included 11 offensive boards. She also added 17 against Southwestern (12 offensive), 10 at Harding (six offense) and 10 against Northwestern (eight offense).
Garza Making A Splash
Redshirt junior Janee Garza had an outstanding game for the Lady Tigers against Southern Arkansas. The Murphy, Texas, native tallied a career-high 15 points, hitting 5-of-11 shots from beyond the arc.
Junior Erin Walling has been improving all season and had one of the best games of her career against the Evangels. Walling tallied a career-high 22 points, with career-highs of six field goals and seven free throws.
Robison Crashing the Glass
Senior Ashley Robison had a strong rebounding effort against Mid-American Christian. The Tulsa, Okla., native tallied a career-best 18 rebounds, two offensive and 16 defensive. Robison also added 10 points for her first double-double of the season.
The Lady Tigers started 4-0, marking the third time ECU has started 4-0. The last time was 1989-90. The Lady Tigers have started a season 4-0 twice (1989-90/1987-88), 5-0 in 2001-02 and 7-0 twice (1995-96/1984-85).
Home Sweet Home
The Kerr Activities Center was very busy in November, with the Lady Tigers hosting the first five games of the season at home. This marks the first time since 1984-85 that ECU has played five-straight home games to start a season. That season, the Lady Tigers went 7-0 to start, while ECU is already 3-0 in 2013-14.
Lady Tigers Picked Fourth in the GAC
After finishing fifth in the Great American Conference standings in 2012-13, ECU has been picked to finish fourth in the 2013-14 GAC Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
The Lady Tigers earned 69 points in the poll. ECU improved by 11 wins in 2012-13 in going 19-9. Second-Team All-GAC forward Dilan Webster averaged 14.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in league games last season. Ashley Robison and Alycea Price also averaged at least 7.0 rebounds per game in GAC games.
After three games at the Kerr Activities Center, the Lady Tigers will hit the road for the final game of the first half of the GAC season. ECU travels to battle with Southeastern Oklahoma State, Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in Durant, Okla.