The East Central University women's basketball team, who received votes in the USA Today DII Women's Basketball Coaches Poll, moved their winning streak to three games with a 63-50 win over Texas A&M Commerce on the road in non-conference action.
The Tigers (7-1, 4-0 GAC) saw three players recorded double-digit point totals, with senior Ashleigh Kelman-Poto leading the way with 18 points and seven rebounds. Senior Dilan Webster added 14 points, eight boards, three blocks and two steals. Senior Erin Walling was the final player in double-digits with 13 points, five boards and four assists.
"I am very pleased with tonight's defensive effort," said head coach Matt Cole. "The team was very solid in all phases of the game against a very good Texas A&M Commerce team."
After both teams held each other scoreless in the opening two minutes of play, ECU went on a 13-3 run over the next 3:30 to take an early lead. The Lions (4-4) followed with a 10-0 run of their own to tie the game at 13, but two-straight three's by freshman Alexa Adair put the Tigers back in front.
The Tigers kept the lead until 2:25 remained in the half, when TAMUC tied the game at 23 and took a 23-25 advantage, with a 5-0 run over a 1:30 span. Webster tied the game at 25, with just under a minute left and Kelman-Poto sent ECU to the locker room with a 27-25 advantage with two late free throws.
The Tigers came out for the second half ready to push the tempo and did just that with a 10-2 run in the first seven minutes, to give ECU a 10-point advantage (37-27). The Tigers kept the advantage between eight and 13 points for the rest of the game on the way to the 63-50 win.
Shooting percentage was the key to victory in the game, as ECU hit 45.8 (22-of-48) percent of their shots, compared to 29.8 (14-of-47) percent by the Lions. The Tigers also made three triples and did not allow TAMUC to garner any, in six attempts.
ECU will now return home for their final game before the Holiday break. The Tigers will host St. Gregory's, Saturday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Kerr Activities Center