The East Central University women’s basketball team will start a three-game road trip, Thursday, Feb. 13 when they travel to face Southwestern Oklahoma State at the new Pioneer Cellular Event Center in Weatherford, Okla., at 5:30 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 Lady Bulldogs are 12-8 overall and 9-5 in the Great American Conference after losing their last two games on the road. SWOSU had won the previous six and has been playing with eight players for most of the season.
The Lady Bulldogs have a +5.5 scoring and -3.2 rebounding margin for the season. They also hold a strong 42.7 overall shooting percentage to a 39.7 mark by the opposition. Three-point shots are a key to SWOSU scoring an average of 83.2 points per game, as they are averaging 9.0 triples per game and allowing 6.7.
The Lady Bulldogs have three players that are averaging over 10 points per game on their shortened bench. Michelle Fisher leads the way with 17.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, with have of her shots attempted coming from behind the arc. Taryn Sayama is next with 12.9 points per game, while her sister Sarina Sayama adds 11.5 points per outing.
Against the Lady Bulldogs
In the first meeting between ECU and SWOSU, the Lady Tigers earned a 73-63 win at the Kerr Activities Center. ECU reversed the norm for the Lady Bulldogs in the three-point column by tallying nine triples to SWOSU’s four.
Senior Erin Walling led the Lady Tigers with 15 points and nine boards, while seniors Alycea Price and Ashley Robison each added 12 points.
Michelle Fisher garnered 20 points and seven boards for the Lady Bulldogs, while Sarina Sayama contributed 13 points.
The all-time series with SWOSU is one of two on the record books that has seen a game in every season. SWOSU currently leads the series 45-25.
Making the Tournament
For the third-straight season the Lady Tigers will be competing in the GAC Tournament, after securing a spot last Saturday with the win over UAM.
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 11.4 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.
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 road trip, with the next stop in Alva, Okla., to face Northwestern Oklahoma State, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.