The East Central University women’s basketball team will play the second of three-straight road games, Saturday, Feb. 15 when they travel to Alva., Okla., to face Northwestern Oklahoma State at 2 p.m.
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.
The Rangers are 5-15 overall and 5-9 in the Great American Conference standings after losing their last three games.
NWOSU has a -7.9 scoring and -5.4 rebounding margin on the season. The Rangers are also trailing their opponents in overall and three-point shooting percentages at .386 to .425 and .286 to .318, respectively.
NWOSU has a well balanced scoring attack, with no player averaging over 10 points per game and most between five and seven points. Kamera Bozeman leads the team with 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting .595. Jonae Isaac is next on the list with 7.2 points and 3.1 boards per game.
Against the Rangers
In the first meeting during the 2013-14 season, ECU earned a 75-71 win over NWOSU at the Kerr Activities Center. Both teams had strong team shooting percentages (.459 to .478), but the Lady Tigers earned a key 42-23 rebounding advantage.
Junior Dilan Webster led ECU with 15 points and eight rebounds, while senior Ashley Price added 11 points and eight boards.
Kamera Bozeman and Kierra Gilmore each tallied 14 points for the Rangers, with Bozeman garnering five rebounds.
The Lady Tigers have a key 24-9 lead in the all-time series with the Rangers that dates back to Jan. 31, 1983. ECU has one nine of the last 10 meetings.
Making the Tournament
For the third-straight season the Lady Tigers will be competing in the GAC Tournament, after securing a spot last Saturday with the win over UAM.
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.
Price Stepping Up
Senior Alycea Price has had a strong showing in the last few games. The Houston, Texas native hit the game-winning shot against No. 6 Harding (Jan. 25) in overtime and then tallied a career-best 19 points in the win over Henderson State (Jan. 30). Price is averaging 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season for the Lady Tigers.
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 road trip, Thursday, Feb. 20 when they face Southern Nazarene in Bethany, Okla.