The East Central University women's basketball team picked up its first win of the 2015-16 season and the first Great American Conference win, with a 66-56 victory over Arkansas-Monticello at the Kerr Activities Center.
The Tigers (1-2, 1-1 GAC) were led by sophomore Alexa Adair, who tallied a career-best 28 points, 10 rebounds, while adding two assists. Juniors Tori Huff and Whitney Stotler also contributed double-digits in the point's column for ECU, with 12 and 10 respectively. Junior Jalyn Jackson continued to lead the Tigers on the glass, with 13 boards.
The opening quarter started out as a defensive game, with no team scoring until the first two minutes had ticked off the clock, and ECU not getting on the board for almost the first four minutes.
With just under five minutes left to play, the Tigers were trailing 4-5, but hey put together an 8-2 run over the next three minutes to gain the advantage. ECU kept the lead between three and seven points the rest of the stanza and led 16-9 after the first 10 minutes.
The Tigers kept pushing the tempo in the second quarter and increased the lead to double-digits in the first half. The teams kept things close the rest of the half, with ECU holding a six to nine-point advantage throughout and going into the locker room with a 30-23 lead.
The Cotton Blossoms (1-1, 1-1 GAC) fought back in the third quarter and tied the set with a 13-6 run, with 3:45 left to play. The teams traded runs and leads the rest of the stanza and ended up tied at 44 going into the final 10 minutes.
The Tigers then took control, using an 8-0 run in the first four minutes and pushing the advantage back to double-digits with three minutes left. ECU lead by as many as 12 and no less than seven the rest of the game and pushed through for a 66-56 final.
Three-point shooting was key for the Tigers in the victory, as they went 13-of-23 (56.5%) for the game and held UAM to a 5-of-20 (25%) mark. ECU shot 44% for the game and only allowed a 32.1 percentage from the Cotton Blossoms.
The Tigers will remain at home to end a three-game home stand, Tuesday, Nov. 24 when they welcome Texas Woman's to the Kerr Activities Center for a 5:30 p.m. tip.