The East Central University women’s basketball team will continue what has been called to longest rivalry in Oklahoma, Thursday, Feb. 27 when Southeastern Oklahoma State comes to the Kerr Activities Center for a 5:30 p.m. game.
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 Savage Storm are 13-11 overall and 10-8 in the Great American Conference after losing their last three games.
Southeastern has a +1.3 scoring and +0.1 rebounding margin on the season. They are also close to their opponents in overall shooting percentage (.389 to .372). One area when the Savage Storm have a clear advantage is at the charity stripe. Southeastern averages 18.1 free throws per game, while only allowing 12.8 by the opposition.
The Savage Storm have three players that are averaging double-digits in the point’s column, with one of those players having missed 10 games this season due to injury. Emily Williams currently leads the team with 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per outing. Haley Schaefer adds 10.8 points and 6.7 boards per game. Breanna Small-Peppers missed a good chunk of the middle of the season and has just returned to the line-up in the last two games. She has an average of 11.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Against the Savage Storm
In the first meeting this season, Southeastern earned a 68-78 win over the Lady Tigers in Durant. Free throws were a key to the game, with ECU going 4-of-9 from the charity stripe and SEOSU going 16-of-20.
Senior Alex Tucker led the Lady Tigers with 15 points, while junior Dilan Webster added 14 points and six boards.
Kaylie Baxter led the Savage Storm with 16 points and 11 boards, while Cheree Kiser added 15 points.
The series between ECU and Southeastern dates back to the 1982-83 season, with 65 contests being contested to date. The Savage Storm currently hold a 35-30 lead in the series.
Black Out Kerr!!!
Thursday’s game is the annual Black Out Kerr Game. The first 200 fans will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Patriot Ford. Fans will also have a chance to win $500 from the Alumni Association, gift certificates from Rib Crib, and someone will be crowned the Rib Crib Rib Eating King/Queen during halftime of the men’s game.
Making the Tournament
For the third-straight season the Lady Tigers will be competing in the GAC Tournament, after securing a spot with the win over UAM. ECU will play its first game, Friday, March 7, but will start the tournament with a community service project. The Lady Tigers and the rest of the teams from the league will be going bowling with the Special Olympians in the area, Thursday, March 6.
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 this season. 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). She then added a new career best of 24 points against Southern Nazarene (Feb. 20). Price is averaging 12.2 points and 7.2 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.
The Lady Tigers will close out the 2013-14 regular-season, Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. when they host Arkansas Tech at the Kerr Activities Center. The game is the annual Senior Day when ECU will honor its four seniors.