The final regular-season game of the 2013-14 season will be played at the Kerr Activities Center, Saturday, March 1 when Arkansas Tech comes to Ada for a 2 p.m. tip-off. The game is a battle for second in the Great American Conference standings.
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.
Scouting Arkansas Tech
The Golden Suns are 16-9 overall and 11-7 in the GAC after losing their last game. However, ATU had won the previous eight outings.
The Golden Suns have a +10.8 scoring and +4.6 rebounding margin on the season. They also hold a clear .431 to .381 overall shooting percentage advantage over their opponents.
ATU has three players that are averaging double-digits in the point’s column that have been active in the last few games and one more that has not played since Jan. 26. Anissa Pounds leads the team with 13.7 points and 2.6 boards per game. She has a .446 overall shooting percentage and a .384 mark from beyond the arc, where she has taken 58 percent of her shots. Jacinda Myers-Sanders is next on the list with 11.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while Caroline Eubanks adds 10.3 points and 7.3 boards.
Against the Golden Suns
In the first meeting with the Lady Tigers, ATU earned a 61-88 win on its home court. ECU did not shoot well in the game and allowed 31 free-throw attempts by the Golden Suns.
Junior Dilan Webster led ECU with 15 points and five rebounds, while senior Alycea Price added 12 points and eight boards.
Cara Neighbors, who has not played since Jan. 26, led ATU with 19 points and four rebounds. Caroline Eubanks added 11 points and four boards.
The Golden Suns currently hold a 5-8 lead in the all-time series after winning the last three meetings. However, the Lady Tigers were last victorious when the teams meet in Ada.
The Lady Tigers will honor their four seniors after the conclusion of Saturday’s game and before the start of the men’s game. ECU will honor Ashlyn Stafford, Alex Tucker, Ashley Robison and Alycea Price.
Senior Ashley Robison recently became the Lady Tigers all-time rebounding leader, with her 725 boards to date. She surpassed Gina Farmer (1995-97), who tallied 680 in her two-year career.
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 12.1 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 head to Bartlesville, Okla., for the Great American Conference Tournament, March 6-9, with their first game taking place, Friday, March 7.