Ada — ECU falls to Roadrunners 76-50
SAN ANTONIO — Miki Turner led four UTSA players in double figures with 16 points and the Roadrunners defeated East Central by a score of 76-50 in Friday’s exhibition game at the Convocation Center.
Kamra King added 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while juniors Ashley Spaletta and Niaga Mitchell-Cole each tallied 11. Freshman Tesha Smith pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
Sophomore Ashleigh Kelman-Poto scored a team-high 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. She also grabbed seven rebounds off the bench to lead the Lady Tigers. Alycea Price added eight point while Erin Walling and Ashley Robison chipped in six points apiece.
East Central led 15-13 midway through the first half before the Roadrunners went on a 25-6 run to close out the opening 20 minutes to take a 41-24 lead into halftime. UTSA forced 13 Lady Tigers’ turnovers and went 16-for-21 from the foul line.
King led all scorers with 10 first-half points on 3-of-4 shooting, including one 3-pointer, and Smith corralled seven rebounds, which enabled the Birds to outrebound East Central, 28-22, in the opening half.
UTSA continued to pull away after intermission by outscoring the Lady Tigers 35-26 with Turner leading the way with 10 points.
Smith continued her assault on the glass by snaring eight rebounds.
ECU went just 3-of-23 from the 3-point line and was outrebounded 69-45. UTSA finished 27-of-43 from the free throw line compared to 9-of-16 for the visitors.
East Central tips off its season Nov. 9 versus Southwestern Christian inside the Kerr Activities Center.
Tigers scare Savage Storm in 3-0 win
ADA – The East Central University volleyball team earned a 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-17) sweep of Southeastern Oklahoma State in Great American Conference action Thursday on the annual Black Out night in the Kerr Activities Center.
The Lady Tigers (10-15, 7-4 GAC) had a well-rounded attack, with no player garnering more than nine kills and four with six or more. Sophomore Hayley Gerken and senior Noelle Cope led the team with nine kills each. Gerken added four block assists, one service ace and a .474 (9k-0e-19ta) hitting percentage. Cope hit .304 (9k-2e-23ta) and added nine kills.
ECU took an early lead in the first set and kept it throughout. The Lady Tigers used a 4-0 run to push ahead, 9-4, and kept the pressure on the Savage Storm (10-15, 4-6 GAC) to earn the 25-17 win.
The second set was tight at the start, but ECU again took the needed two-point lead and slowly increased the advantage with small runs throughout the set. Southeastern made a late 4-0 run, but the Lady Tigers buckled down and earned the 25-13 win.
The third set started with a 0-2 Savage Storm advantage, but ECU quickly gained a 6-3 lead and held on for the set. Southeastern battled back within one point (10-9), but the Lady Tigers used a 9-2 run to take control of the set. ECU kept pushing and took the final set 25-17.
The Lady Tigers earned key advantages across the box score, with the biggest advantages coming in hitting percentage and blocks. ECU hit .264 (36k-8e-106ta) to .018 (27k-25e-110ta) by the Savage Storm.
Part of the low hitting percentage for Southeastern was the fact that the Lady Tigers tallied 10 (2-16) team blocks to just one (0-2) by the Savage Storm.
ECU will now have the weekend off before their next match, Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Southwestern Oklahoma State at 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s match will be the lone match for the Lady Tigers next week before returning home to host the final two GAC matches of the season against Ouachita Baptist (Nov. 9) and Southern Nazarene (Nov. 14).
Soccer falls at Harding
SEARCY, Ark.. – The East Central University soccer team fell 0-1 to Harding in the final weekend of Great American Conference regular-season action.
While the Lady Tigers (4-11, 4-4) GAC earned a 17-9 shots advantage and a six to five shots on goal lead, it was the Bisons (6-8-1, 5-4 GAC) that scored the lone goal of the game in the first period.
Junior Kourtney Holleman led ECU with four shots (two on goal), while junior Katie Glutz added three shots. Redshirt freshman Taylor Lowe suffered the loss in net, stopping four shots.
The Lady Tigers will wrap up the 2013 regular-season, Sunday, Nov. 3 at Ouachita Baptist at 1 p.m. ECU will then prepare for the 2013 GAC Tournament that will be hosted at Southwestern Oklahoma State Nov. 8-10.