ECU Women fall short at Southern Arkansas, 70-59

MAGNOILA, ARK. - The East Central University women's basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 59-70 loss at Southern Arkansas in Great American Conference action.

The Tigers (6-10, 6-6 GAC) were led by sophomore Mariah Meyer, who garnered a career-high 13 points and four steals. Freshman Tia Williams was the top producer on the glass, with eight rebounds and added nine points.

ECU fell behind 0-4 in the first minute of the game and struggled to get even through the first quarter. The Tigers fought hard through the stanza, dropping the deficit to one (7-8), with 4:31 left. However, the Muleriders (12-4, 8-4 GAC) went on a 13-4 run to end the quarter with a 12-21 advantage.

The second quarter was more of the same, with both team going on runs, but the closest that ECU could get was trailing by five (21-26), with 6:38 left to play. SAU then went on a 6-0 run over the next five minutes to push the lead out to 11. In the final minutes of the half the teams were even, sending the Tigers to the locker room with a 28-38 deficit.

After the break the teams traded 5-0 runs in the first three minutes, before SAU pushed back out, with a 4-0 run, to earn a 13-point advantage. The Muleriders kept the lead between nine and 13 points until the final minute of the quarter and held a 42-56 advantage at the end of the time period.

The Tigers kept things close in the final quarter, but could not get closer than a 10-point deficit and ended the game with a 59-70 loss.

The key difference in the game came at the charity stripe where ECU tailed with 6-of-14 to a 16-of-22 mark by SAU. The Tigers did earn an advantage beyond the arc, with nine made three to four by the Muleriders.

ECU will continue its road trip for the weekend with a stop in Monticello, Ark., to battle with Arkansas-Monticello, Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m.