In one of the biggest games of the season at the Kerr Activities Center, the East Central University women’s basketball team claimed a 98-85 win over arch rival Southeastern Oklahoma State in Great American Conference action.
The Lady Tigers (13-3, 8-2 GAC) had a strong offensive night across the board, with seven of the eight players suited scoring in double figures. It is believed to be the first time in ECU history that seven players have had at least 10 points in the same game.
Senior Kodi Morrison led the Lady Tigers with 17 points, four rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Dilan Webster also tallied 17 points and six boards. Sophomore Erin Walling had 16 points and junior Ashley Robison added 11 points. Junior Alex Tucker, sophomore Taylor Fischer and senior Regan Browne all contributed 10 points.
Both teams opened the games with triples in the first minute of action, but it was a 5-0 run over the next minute by ECU that gave the Lady Tigers the lead. The score remained close the rest of the stanza, with four tie scores and two lead changes through the first 20 minutes of action.
The Lady Tigers pulled out to lead by eight (32-24), with six minutes to play, but the Savage Storm (6-10, 4-5 GAC) fought back to take a one-point advantage on a 6-0 run over a 30-second span. However, the lead was short lived and ECU used an 8-0 run over the remaining three minutes of the half to take a 47-40 lead into the intermission.
The Lady Tigers quickly built the lead to double digits at the start of the second half. With 14 minutes left to play, Southeastern mounted a come-back, with a 5-0 run, which cut the advantage to six points. However, that was as close as they would get in the game, as ECU pulled away to a double-digit lead for the majority of the game.
The Lady Tigers led by as many as 17 in the remaining 10 minutes of the game and went on to win 98-85.
The game was a back-and-forth battle, with both teams hitting 10 triples and ECU earning a slight 33-31 shots-made lead. The key difference came at the free-throw line, where the Lady Tigers made 22-of-30 attempts and only allowed the Savage Storm to get to the line 18 times (making 13).
ECU will now hit the road for a game at Harding to start the second half of the GAC schedule. The Lady Tigers will tangle with the Lady Bisons, Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at Tucker Coliseum.