ECU Women come up short against Midwestern

East Central’s Casi Rawls and Angela Kalanoska each hit big 3-pointers throughout the night Monday, but host Midwestern State, behind Regiane Araujo’s double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds, escaped with a 68-66 decision over the Lady Tigers in Lone Star Conference women’s crossover basketball play.

Rawls paced ECU (5-7) with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point land, to go along with five assists while Kalanoska was 6-of-9 overall and 5-of-7 from long range to finish with 17 points and six rebounds.

Senior Kacey Thomas posted a double-double of her own for the Lady Tigers with 15 points and 11 rebounds. She also finished with five assists and five steals. ECU’s other senior, Veronica Valles, added nine points, four boards, four assists and one steal.

The Lady Tigers trailed 37-32 at the half and were down by nine, 58-49, with 9:27 to go, but made it close down the stretch.

Valles drilled her only trey of the night with 1:19 remaining to cut the deficit to 64-63, but the Mustangs’ Michele Kenney responded with a 3-pointer of her own on the other end with 1:04 left.

Rawls trimmed the deficit to one again at 67-66 on a trey off a Thomas assist with :39 to go.

ECU even had a chance at a lead after MSU missed the front end of a one-and-one as Rawls snatched the rebound.

But the Lady Tigers came up empty the rest of the way as Katiya Jackson hit one of two free shots with :03 remaining. ECU had a missed shot and a turnover on its final two possessions.

Araujo was 12-of-16 from the field for the Mustangs (4-8) and Michelle Kenney also reached double figures with 12 on 5-of-7 shooting (2-of-4 from 3-point territory).

The Lady Tigers shot 48.2 percent overall and 47.8 from 3-point land while MSU hit at 44.3 percent pace overall and 20 percent (4-of-20) from beyond the arc. ECU had six more turnovers than the hosts, 18-12. The Lady Tigers did hold a 37-36 edge on the boards.

ECU hosts Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday at 2 p.m. for more LSC crossover play at the Kerr Center in Ada.

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