The East Central University women’s basketball team will return to the friendly confines of the Kerr Activities Center, Thursday, Jan. 9, after playing six of the last seven games on the road. The Lady Tigers will host Northwestern Oklahoma State at 5:30 p.m., which is the first of three-straight home games.
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 1-10 overall and 1-4 in the Great American Conference after going 1-1 last week. NWOSU defeated Arkansas Tech 70-65 and then fought hard against undefeated Harding, falling 75-76.
The Rangers have struggled to find offensive consistency this season, averaging a -12.5 scoring an -5.7 rebounding margin. NWOSU is also hitting just 39.2 percent of its shots, while the opposition has a .455 mark.
The Rangers have just one player averaging over 10 points per game and one more at 8.2 (but she has not played in the last two games). Most of the team averages around 4-6 points per outing and no one has over 3.8 rebounds per game. Kamera Bozeman is the team’s leader with 10.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, while shooting .622 from the field.
Against the Rangers
Last year both the Tigers and NWOSU earned wins on their opponent’s home court. No team won by more than six points, with ECU ending the series with a -1.5 scoring and +8.5 rebounding margin.
Junior Dilan Webster is the top returner for the Lady Tigers, with 13 points and seven rebounds per game, while adding six blocks. Senior Alycea Price and junior Erin Walling each added eight points per outing.
Kierra Gilmore and Dierra Gilmore are the top returners for the Rangers. Kierra tallied 6.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game, while Dierra garnered 4.5 points and five rebounds.
The all-time series with the Rangers is currently at 23-9 in favor of the Lady Tigers. ECU has won 10 of the last 11 games in the series.
The ECU Athletic Department and Mercy Hospital of Ada will be hosting a Family Day at the Saturday, Jan. 11 basketball games against Southwestern Oklahoma State. Admission to both games for the whole family is just $5.
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).
Sharing The Rock
Like a year ago, the Lady Tigers are not afraid to share the spotlight. All 10 players have scored this season, with four averaging double-digit point totals. All 10 have also recorded at least one rebound and one assist.
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 continue their three-game home stand, Saturday, Jan. 11 when they host Southwestern Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. at the Kerr Activities Center.