The East Central University women’s basketball team dropped an 81-93 decision to Southwestern Oklahoma State in a game between two of the top four teams in the Great American Conference standings.
The Lady Tigers (15-7, 10-6 GAC) were led by senior Alycea Prince, who tallied her sixth double-double of the season. Price garnered 18 points and 11 boards. Junior Dilan Webster added 17 points and senior Ashley Robison contributed 16 points.
The first half started out as a strong battle, with both teams scoring on their first three possessions. The score was knotted at seven, with 18:35 left, when the Lady Tigers used an 8-3 run over the next four minutes to take a 15-10 advantage. ECU kept the lead between four to seven points for the next four minutes before an 8-0 run by the Lady Bulldogs (13-8, 10-5 GAC) gave them a one-point lead.
The game again became a battle for control of the scoreboard for the next three minutes. SWOSU was the first team to pull away and used an 8-4 run to push their advantage to four points. The Lady Tigers kept fighting and cut the deficit to one (43-44), with 40 seconds remaining in the half, but the Lady Bulldogs hit one more three and went into the locker room with a 43-47 lead.
ECU kept the lead between three to six points in the opening three minutes of the second half, before a 15-4 run by SWOSU gave them a double-digit lead. The Lady Bulldogs held on to the lead and pushed it out to as many as 21. ECU finished the final four minutes of the half strong, going on an 11-2 run before falling 81-93.
After finishing the first half with a 59.4 (19-of-32) shooting percentage, ECU ended the game with a 41.7 (30-of-72) mark. However, the key difference in the game came from beyond the arc, where SWOSU went 16-of-41 and the Lady Tigers were held to a 5-of-10 mark.
ECU will remain on the road for the second of three-straight road games when they travel to Alva, Okla., to face Northwestern Oklahoma State, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.