The East Central University women’s basketball team got it first taste of action for the 2012-13 season, with a 59-91 loss to Texas Christian University in an exhibition game at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Lady Tigers were led by sophomore Dilan Webster, who tallied 11 points and eight rebounds. Senior Lindsay McCown tallied a team-best 12 points and added seven boards, while senior Kodi Morrison added 12 points and junior Ashley Robison tallied 11.
“I feel like we learned that we can be pretty good at times and pretty bad at times,” said head coach Kent Franz. “And it all depends on what we want we want to be. We got out of this game what we wanted and it exposed some our weakness. Now we have identified them we just need to correct them.”
The teams started the first half on an even keel, with the Horned Frogs holding a small lead through the first seven minutes of the half. From 12:15 to 11:29 TCU opened up a double-digit lead; with a 6-0 run that put them up 10-23.
ECU followed with an 8-0 run to cut the disadvantage back to five (18-23) over the next three minutes. The Horned Frogs pushed ahead again with an 8-1 run over a three minute span and ended the half with a 27-52 advantage.
The Lady Tigers opened the second half strong, using a 13-4 run in the first eight minutes to cut the lead to 16 (40-56). But that was as close as ECU got in the game and fell 59-91.
The big differences in the game came in rebounds and three-pointers. The Horned Frogs claimed a 33-55 advantage on the boards, including a 6-21 lead on the offensive glass. TCU also hit 13-of-36 three’s to the Lady Tigers 6-of-19 mark.
ECU had a stronger second half shooting, making 41.9 percent of their shots compared to 34.4 percent by the Horned Frogs. For the game, the Lady Tigers shot 39.1 percent from the field and TCU shot 39.5 from the floor.
The Lady Tigers will officially open the 2012-13 campaign, Saturday, Nov. 10 as part of a Tiger Triple Play in Ada. ECU will host St. Gregory’s at 6 p.m. in the Kerr Activities Center, with the men’s team playing St. Gregory’s at 8 p.m. and the football team hosting arch-rival Southeastern Oklahoma State at Norris Field at 2 p.m. to open the day.
Fans who purchase a ticket to the football game will also gain free admission to both basketball games.