Missed free throws and 28 turnovers prevented the East Central University Lady Tigers from securing their first basketball victory of the season Tuesday night.
Midwestern State, behind 22 points each from Cierra Thompson and Kirsti Degelia, held on for a 94-87 overtime triumph over ECU on Wayne Cobb Court inside the Kerr Activities Center.
The Lady Tigers were a lethargic 26-of-53 from the free-throw line (49.1 percent) in falling to 0-4 on the season. In fact, ECU nearly shot as well from the floor at 48.3.
But the difference was the Mustangs’ ability to shoot better from the line at 67.5 percent (27-of-40), including a 5-of-6 effort in the overtime period. The Lady Tigers were only 4-of-8 from the charity stripe in OT after going just 11-of-24 in the first half and only 11-of-21 in the second.
The loss overshadowed a 21-point scoring effort from 6-0 junior Lindsay McCown and a career double-double night from 5-11 freshman Dilan Webster.
McCown knocked down 9-of-11 shots from the floor to go with four rebounds and four assists while Webster tossed in 11 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. Webster, who converted 4-of-7 attempts from the floor, had six of her boards on the offensive end and managed to block three shots in the contest.
Freshman guard Taylor Fischer added 15 points for ECU in converting 5-of-7 attempts from the floor, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, to go with 2-of-3 free throws. She was the only Lady Tiger to drain a trey on the night as the Lady Tigers were only 3-of-11 from beyond the arch.
Junior guard Jourdan Clark also reached double figures in scoring with 11 as she added four assists and a team-high three steals.
MSU, which improved to 3-2 on the season, shot 41.7 percent for the game, including 43.8 from 3-point territory. The Mustangs also had 11 less turnovers than the Lady Tigers with 17.
ECU held a 48-45 edge on the boards. Ashley Robison ended up with nine rebounds before fouling out to go with Webster’s double-digit output off the glass.
One of the few Lady Tigers to have a good night at the line was Kodi Morrison, who finished with eight points, all on free shots, on an 8-of-10 effort.
There were 64 fouls called in the game, 33 on MSU and 31 on ECU.
The Lady Tigers trailed most of the night, falling into an early 9-0 hole.
ECU pulled within 66-64 when McCown hit a layup off a high-post feed from Robison with 6:36 to go. Then a turnover led to another McCown layup off a Clark feed with 5:56 remaining to make it 66-all. Then a short McCown jumper off a Clark assist gave the Lady Tigers their first lead of the game at 68-66 with 5:05 left in the second half.
A Fischer 3-pointer off a Fanta Toure kick-out pass lifted ECU to a 78-72 advantage at the 3:04 mark of regulation and a Robison layup in the paint off a rebound gave the Lady Tigers their biggest lead at 80-72 with 2:26 to go.
But the Lady Tigers missed 3-of-9 free shots in the final 1:45 of the second half as the Mustangs rallied to send the contest to the extra period. Thompson nailed two free throws with 14 seconds left to create the deadlock.
MSU was 13-of-18 from the charity stripe (72.2 percent) in the second half.
Also reaching double figures for the Mustangs was Dianna Jones with 16 points.
Thompson was 10-of-16 from the floor and snatched 10 rebounds in getting a double-double for MSU and teammate Degelia was 8-of-13, including 3-of-6 from long range.
ECU’s next action will be Dec. 1st at Southwestern Christian in Bethany for a 5:30 p.m. tip. The Lady Tigers then visit Newman University in Wichita, Kan., on Dec. 3rd at 2 p.m. before hosting Mid-America Christian on Dec. 12th at 5:30 p.m. inside the Kerr Center in Ada.