ECU women drop GAC opener at Ouachita Baptist, 91-79

Ouachita Baptist, behind six 3-pointers from Domino Miller, rolled to a 91-79 victory over East Central University Thursday night to open Great American Conference women’s basketball play at Bill Vining Arena.
Miller finished with a game-high 28 points as she canned 8-of-12 shots from the floor, including 6-of-10 from 3-point territory. She also was perfect at the free-throw line (6-of-6) to go with four rebounds, three assists and a game-leading five steals as OBU improved to 8-3 on the season and went to 1-0 in the GAC.
ECU, which fell to 2-9 and 0-1, received a solid effort out of junior post Lindsay McCown, who ended up with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and 5-of-5 free shots. She also totaled six rebounds and had one assist.
McCown was joined in double figures by junior guard Jourdan Clark, who tallied 18 points, and Kodi Morrison, also a junior guard, tacked on 11.
Clark sank 3-of-6 shots from 3-point range and was 6-of-15 from the field overall. She also hustled for four rebounds, dished out five assists and had a pair of steals.
Sophomore forward Ashley Robison drained 3-of-4 long-range tries and finished with nine points, despite going 3-of-8 overall. Freshman Erin Walling chipped in eight points off the bench for the Lady Tigers as she nailed 2-of-4 long-range attempts.
Joining Miller in double-figure scoring for OBU were Nashia James with 19 points, followed by Kendra Coyle and Tamara Robinson with 10 apiece off the bench.
The visiting Lady Tigers shot 40.6 percent from the floor for the game, including 40 percent (8-of-20) from outside the arc. ECU also shot a respectable 70.4 percent (19-of-27) from the free-throw stripe.
Meanwhile, OBU was 42.4 percent, including 41.7 (10-of-24) from 3-point land. The hosts also converted 31-of-39 from the charity line.
The Lady Tigers actually had three less turnovers, 20-23, than the hosts. OBU held a 17-14 edge in total assists and owned a 46-35 advantage on the boards.
ECU did compile 12 steals on the night as Robison led the way with four. Regan Browne was next with three.
After OBU took an early 3-0 advantage, ECU scored the next seven points on short-range buckets by McCown and Morrison, along with a 3-point jumper from Clark to make it 7-3 with 16:52 left in the opening half.
ECU enjoyed its biggest advantage at 18-11 on a Morrison jumper with 13:26 to go in the first half.
But OBU outscored the visitors by a 38-11 margin in the final 12:07 of the first half to take a 47-29 lead at the break.
ECU made it interesting late when it cut the deficit to seven, 71-64, on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Fanta Toure with 5:33 remaining. That was as close as the visiting Lady Tigers got as OBU hit 17-of-18 free throws the rest of the way.
The next action for ECU will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Ark.

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