ADA, OK – The East Central University women's basketball team broke a 12-game losing streak to Southern Nazarene, with a 62-44 win at the Kerr Activities Center in Great American Conference action.
The Lady Tigers (10-5, 5-4 GAC) won their third-straight game after junior Dilan Webster led the team with a season-high 21 points and nine rebounds. Senior Alycea Price added 14 points and seven boards, to help the post players record 28 points in the paint to 12 by the Crimson Storm (7-7, 4-4 GAC).
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ECU opened the game ready to fight for the win, going on a 5-0 run in the first two minutes. However, when SNU took the goose egg off the board they went on a 7-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 5-7 lead. The Crimson Storm continued the pressure and pushed the run out to 13-1 for a seven-point lead, with 13:22 left to play in the first half.
That is when the Lady Tigers defense and offense kicked into high gear, allowing a 17-0 run over the next five minutes for a 10-point (23-13) advantage. ECU held an 8 to 12 point advantage until the final 45 seconds of the stanza, when SNU used a 4-0 run to cut the lead to six heading into the intermission, 34-28.
The first five minutes of the second half was a low-scoring affair, with ECU tallying only two points and SNU one. The Lady Tigers briefly pushed the lead back to double-digits with a 4-0 run (42-31), but saw the lead cut to four with a Crimson Storm 9-2 run that ended with just under 10 minutes to play.
ECU then picked up the momentum again and used an 8-4 run over the next five minutes to take a 52-44 lead. The final five minutes were a display of strong defense, holding SNU scoreless, while the Lady Tigers added 10 more points for the final 62-44.
ECU earned advantages in rebounding (41-35) and overall shooting percentage (39.7 to 29.8). The Lady Tigers also controlled the ball better, recording 12 turnovers and forcing 22.
The Lady Tigers will be idle over the weekend and will use the time to prepare for the final game of the first half of the GAC season. ECU will travel to arch rival Southeastern Oklahoma State for a Wednesday, Jan. 22 tip-off at 5:30 p.m. in Durant, Okla.