Lady Tiger reserves rip SW Christian, 74-65

ADA, OK – East Central University, resting four of its five starters, placed four players in double figures and rolled to a 74-56 victory over Southwestern Christian Monday night in women’s basketball action on Wayne Cobb Court at the Kerr Activities Center.

Redshirt freshman Rashena Smith poured in 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with five rebounds, five steals and three assists to fuel the Lady Tigers, who improved to 9-3 on the season.

She was joined in double figures by Carly Ballew and Angela Kalanoska, who chipped in 15 points apiece, and Whitney Harbour, who added 14. Jody Munkres added nine points and 10 rebounds for the winners while Casi Rawls tacked on a 3-pointer.

ECU, which had trouble on the boards in the second half, held a 43-42 edge as Ballew pulled down nine rebounds while Kalanoska snatched seven.

Harbour dished out a game-leading five assists while Munkres followed with four for the Lady Tigers, who compiled 18 on the night.

ECU head coach Kent Franz rested the senior tandem of Lacey Goldwire and Kristie Dodgion, along with junior forward Kacey Thomas. Junior guard Veronica Valles, who was nursing a minor injury, also sat out Monday’s contest.

The Lady Tigers were playing their third game in five days and will have two more later this week at home with Midwestern State on Thursday (6 p.m.), and Tarleton State on Saturday (2 p.m.) to make a five-game stretch in nine days.

ECU shot 43.9 percent for the game and was a near-perfect 8-of-9 from the free throw line (88.9 percent).

The Lady Tigers led from start to finish, opening up a 10-0 lead and eventually building a 44-19 halftime advantage.