The East Central University women’s basketball team will look to continue its four-game winning streak when Arkansas-Monticello comes to the Kerr Activities Center, Saturday, Feb. 8 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 Cotton Blossoms are 5-15 overall and 1-13 in the Great American Conference after losing their last 11 games.
UAM has a -3.7 scoring and -3.1 rebounding margin for the season. However, the Cotton Blossoms have a .408 overall team shooting percentage. The first half has been where UAM gets in trouble, scoring 79 fewer points than their opponents. The Cotton Blossoms have had a better second half, scoring two more points.
UAM has three players in double-digits in scoring, with the next player on the list contributing five. The trio accounts for 61 percent of the team’s shots taken and 90 percent of the three-pointers attempted.
Jordan Gofth leads the group with 18.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Tamia Grady adds 15.7 points and 2.9 boards and Nikki Mullen contributes 11.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per outing.
Against the Cotton Blossoms
The Lady Tigers earned a 66-54 win in the first meeting of the season with UAM. The win came on a .456 overall shooting percentage, while holding the Cotton Blossoms to a .340 mark.
Seniors Alycea Price and Ashley Robison led ECU. Price tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Robison chipped in 12 points and nine boards.
Jordan Goforth and Tamia Grady both garnered 20 points for the Cotton Blossoms.
The win in Monticello earlier this season pushed ECU to a 5-4 advantage in the all-time series. The Lady Tigers have won the last three meetings in the series that dates back to 1986.
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 11.6 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 hit the road for the final three road games of the 2013-14 season. The first stop on the trip is Thursday, Feb. 13 at Southwestern Oklahoma State for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.