ARKADELPHIA, ARK. – The East Central University women's basketball team continued to hand its opponents noteworthy losses, as the Lady Tigers handed Henderson State its first home loss of 2013-14, 62-52, in Great American Conference action at Duke Wells Center.
The Lady Tigers (12-6, 7-5 GAC) were led by senior Alycea Price, with a career-high 19 points and six rebounds. Junior Dilan Webster added 11 points and nine boards. Senior Ashley Robison also had a strong all-around game, with 10 points, seven boards, two assists and one block.
"We played defense and were in control the whole game," said interim head coach Emily Holombek. "We held them to zero three's in the second half and crashed the boards. Alycea Price and everyone else who had to, did a great job guarding Aungelique Sledge. Every player helped tonight and did their jobs for a true team win."
The first half started out
tight, with the Lady Reddies (12-6, 7-5 GAC) holding a slight lead in
the first six minutes. With 13:26 left on the clock, ECU
started to make their move going on a 12-3 run over the next 6:30 to
take a 20-14 advantage.
HSU kept fighting and cut the advantage to three over the next two minutes. However, a Lady Tiger 8-0 run over the next three minutes gave them a 31-20 lead. The Lady Reddies didn't give up and used a 9-2 run in the final minutes to cut the deficit to 33-29 at the half.
The second half started much like the first, with ECU holding a three to five-point lead for the first four minutes. The Lady Tigers then used a 13-2 run over the next 10 minutes to push the lead out to 13 (53-40). HSU's three points during the span all came at the charity stripe and they continued without a field goal for a total of 12 minutes.
The Lady Reddies kept the score within reach during the span by hitting nine free throws and then returned the favor by keeping ECU with a field goal until the final 30 seconds of the game. However, the Lady Tigers hit four free throws to keep the lead around seven points. ECU hit a layup in the final 30 seconds to push the advantage to 62-52.
The fortunes for each team were reversed from when the Lady Reddies came to Ada earlier this season, as ECU shot 45.5 percent (15-of-31) from the field and held HSU to 29.4 percent (9-of-23). The Lady Tigers also earned a key 41-to 31 advantage on the glass. ECU's defense picked up in the second half, holding the Lady Reddies to zero triples after allowing six in the first half.
The Lady Tigers will remain in Arkadelphia, Ark., to face Ouachita Baptist, Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at Bill Vining Arena.