The East Central University women’s basketball team will make the annual trip to Arkadelphia, Ark., to battle first with Henderson State, Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Duke Wells Center.
ECU’s radio home for Lady Tigers basketball in 2013-14 is Ada’s KXFC, 105.5, FM ‘The X-Factor’. Kenny Morrison returns to broadcast the games for his 17th season. Morrison, a 1987 ECU graduate, spent two seasons doing color prior to taking over the play-by-play duties during the 1997-98 season.
Fans who can’t be at the game can find links to live stats, live video (if available) and the KXFC radio broadcast on ECUTigers.com. Go to the women’s basketball schedule page. Fans can listen to the radio broadcast online or through the FREE KXFC App available in ITunes, Google Stores where apps are sold and www.kxfcradio.com.
Scouting Henderson State
The Lady Reddies are 12-5 overall and 7-4 in the Great American Conference after winning their last three games.
HSU has a +5.9 scoring and +4.1 rebounding margin on the season and has clear advantages in shooting percentages at .411 to .382 overall and .329 to .256 from beyond the arc.
The Lady Reddies have two players that are averaging double-digit point totals for the season and two more between eight and nine points. Aungelique Sledge leads the team with 21.9 points and 6.1 boards per game, while shooting .438 from the field and adding 23 assists and 55 steals. Krystal Beachum is the other player in double digits, with 13.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She is shooting .452 and had contributed 45 assists.
Against the Lady Reddies
HSU was able to earn a 67-75 win over the Lady Tigers at the Kerr Activities Center in one of the first two GAC games of the season.
ECU struggled with a .292 overall shooting percentage, while the Lady Reddies hit 41.3 percent of their shots.
Junior Ashleigh Kelman-Poto led the Lady Tigers with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the game, while junior Erin Walling added 10 points and seven boards.
Aungelique Sledge led the offense for HSU, with 33 points and four rebounds.
While the all-time series with HSU dates back to Nov. 11, 1983 the teams have meet on just eight previous occasions. The Lady Tigers hold a 6-2 lead in the series.
Taking Down the Top Teams
The Lady Tigers were the first team to hand then-No. 6 Harding a loss in the 2013-14 season when they earned a 61-60 overtime victory. The win marked the first time since Jan. 14, 2012 that ECU had beaten a ranked opponent. The last time saw ECU down then-No. 1 Arkansas Tech (74-65) at the Kerr Activities Center.
Tucker Chiming In
Senior Alex Tucker has started all 16 games this season for the Lady Tigers and was a key disher of assists until the game at Southeastern Oklahoma State. Tucker stepped up her game and tallied a career-best 15 points, while adding one rebounds, two assists and one block and steal.
Jackson Grabbing the Boards
Redshirt freshman Jalyn Jackson has been pulling in the rebounds for the Lady Tigers this season, recording 10 or more rebounds in four games so far. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native had a career-best 17 boards at Southern Arkansas, which included 11 offensive boards. She also added 17 against Southwestern (12 offensive), 10 at Harding (six offense) and 10 against Northwestern (eight offense).
Garza Making A Splash
Redshirt junior Janee Garza had an outstanding game for the Lady Tigers against Southern Arkansas. The Murphy, Texas, native tallied a career-high 15 points, hitting 5-of-11 shots from beyond the arc.
Junior Erin Walling has been improving all season and had one of the best games of her career against the Evangels. Walling tallied a career-high 22 points, with career-highs of six field goals and seven free throws.
Robison Crashing the Glass
Senior Ashley Robison had a strong rebounding effort against Mid-American Christian. The Tulsa, Okla., native tallied a career-best 18 rebounds, two offensive and 16 defensive. Robison also added 10 points for her first double-double of the season.
The Lady Tigers started 4-0, marking the third time ECU has started 4-0. The last time was 1989-90. The Lady Tigers have started a season 4-0 twice (1989-90/1987-88), 5-0 in 2001-02 and 7-0 twice (1995-96/1984-85).
Home Sweet Home
The Kerr Activities Center was very busy in November, with the Lady Tigers hosting the first five games of the season at home. This marks the first time since 1984-85 that ECU has played five-straight home games to start a season. That season, the Lady Tigers went 7-0 to start, while ECU is already 3-0 in 2013-14.
Lady Tigers Picked Fourth in the GAC
After finishing fifth in the Great American Conference standings in 2012-13, ECU has been picked to finish fourth in the 2013-14 GAC Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
The Lady Tigers earned 69 points in the poll. ECU improved by 11 wins in 2012-13 in going 19-9. Second-Team All-GAC forward Dilan Webster averaged 14.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in league games last season. Ashley Robison and Alycea Price also averaged at least 7.0 rebounds per game in GAC games.
The Lady Tigers will wrap up their trip to Arkadelphia, Ark., Saturday, Feb. 1 when they face Ouachita Baptist at 2 p.m.