Poor shooting dooms ECU against Southwestern

East Central University’s Lady Tigers couldn’t overcome poor shooting at 28.6 percent as they dropped a 59-47 Lone Star Conference North decision to host Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday.

ECU, which dropped to 7-13 overall and 1-5 in the LSC North, not only struggled from the field, but managed to convert only 8-of-16 free throws (50 percent).

Senior Kacey Thomas paced the Lady Tigers with 18 points on 8-of-20 shooting to go along with seven rebounds while sophomore teammate Casi Rawls was the only other to reach the double-digit scoring plateau with 11. Rawls, who was only 2-of-12 from the floor, did dish out five assists.

Sophomore Laura Harris followed with nine points and six boards and Veronica Valles chipped in five points, three assists, three steals and three rebounds for ECU.

Allie Burdan paced SWOSU with 14 points and seven boards while Erin Wright and Lucy Ramon followed with eight points apiece.

The Bulldogs, who improved to 7-12 and 3-3, struggled somewhat from the field also, hitting at just a 38.6 percent pace. But SWOSU knocked down 21-of-30 free-throw attempts. The Bulldogs also owned a 39-37 rebounding edge and had three less turnovers, 17-14.

The Lady Tigers continue LSC North action on Wednesday as they host Southeastern Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. inside the Kerr Center in Ada.