DURANT, OKLA. – The East Central University women's basketball team dropped a 68-78 decision to arch rival Southeastern Oklahoma State at Bloomer Sullivan Arena in Great American Conference action.
The Lady Tigers (10-6, 5-5 GAC) were led by senior Alex Tucker, who tallied a career-high 15 points and added two assists. Junior Dilan Webster ended the game with 14 points and six rebounds, while senior Alycea Price contributed 10 points and five boards.
The first half started out strong for ECU, with an 11-0 run in the first 5:30. The Savage Storm (9-6, 6-3 GAC) countered with a 7-0 run and kept pushing the tempo. Despite a few small runs by the Lady Tigers in the middle of the stanza, Southeastern came back to take a lead before the end of the half. With 7:39 left, ECU was held to just three points, while Southeastern tallied 22 to take a 29-37 lead into the locker room.
The teams traded points to start the second half before a 4-0 run by ECU cut the deficit to four (39-43). The Lady Tigers kept the deficit between four and seven points for the next three minutes before a 7-0 run by Southeastern pushed the lead back to 10. ECU followed with a 5-0 run over the next minute to regain the four-point deficit.
The Lady Tigers kept fighting and were able to pull within one (67-68), with 2:52 remaining on an 8-4 run. However, the Savage Storm then used a 10-1 run over the final minutes to earn the 68-78 win.
The key to the game was three-point shooting, where Southeastern went 10-of-20 (50%), while ECU was 8-of-25 (32%). Southeastern also took a 16-of-20 to 4-of-9 advantage at the charity stripe.
The Lady Tigers will return home to face No. 6 Harding, Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Kerr Activities Center. The game will mark the start of the second half of GAC action.