WEATHERFORD — The East Central University men’s basketball team opened the 2013-14 season Friday at the SWOSU Classic, falling 72-62 to Angelo State at Rankin Fieldhouse.
The Tigers (0-1) were led by senior Henry Pwono, who garnered his first career double-double with a career-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. Pwono shot .500 (6-of-12) from the floor and added two blocks. Senior Colby Carr was also in double-digits in the point’s column for ECU, with 17.
“I give a lot of credit to Angelo State; they did a good job tonight,” said head coach Ja Havens. “We turned the ball over too much (23) and will need to make some changes on defense so we can continue to improve.”
The Tigers opened the game strong, earning an 11-4 advantage, with less than 16 minutes left in the first half. However, the Rams (1-0) scored the next seven points to force a tie at 11. ASU continued to push the momentum and used another 7-2 run to push the lead to five (18-13).
ECU kept fighting and tied the game at 27, with 3:45 left in the first half, but the Rams scored the final seven points of the stanza to take a 34-27 lead into the locker room.
The Tigers opened the second half with a 9-4 run to cut the disadvantage to three (38-35), but that was as close as ECU would get the rest of the game. ASU pushed the lead out to as many as 13 late in the game before earning the 10-point win.
ECU shot 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the floor and 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from beyond the arc, while the Rams had a strong 54.9 percent (28-of-51) from the floor and just 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from three-point range. The Tigers did earn a strong advantage in the rebounding column (43-29).
Kenny Williams led the Angelo State charge with a game-high 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field and also pulled down 10 rebounds.
WEATHERFORD — The East Central University soccer team saw its 2013 season come to a close on a very windy day at the SWOSU Soccer Complex. The Lady Tigers fell 5-0 to Southwestern Oklahoma State Friday in the second semifinal of the 2013 Great American Conference tournament.
ECU finishes the season 4-13 overall and 4-5 in the GAC. Juniors Katie Glutz and Margaret Glutz were named to the 2013 All-GAC First Team, while senior Ashley Bradford earned All-GAC Second Team honors.
The opening 20 minutes of the match were quiet before the Bulldogs (12-4-2) earned the first of three goals in the opening half at 23:15. SWOSU added two more goals in the second half.
The Lady Tigers struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the match, recording just two shots on goal to nine by the Bulldogs. Junior Taylor Graves and freshman Lexie DeVore garnered the shots on goal for ECU, while redshirt freshman Taylor Lowe tallied four saves.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The East Central University women’s cross country team saw its 2013 season come to an end at the 2013 NCAA Central Regional, finishing 26th out of 30 teams. The race had 203 runners for the 6K race at Yankton Trail Park.
The Lady Tigers were running with six freshmen and a junior at the race and finished with 777 points. The University of Minnesota Duluth earned the top spot in the event with 72 points. Harding was the top finisher from the Great American Conference in 10th (300 points).
Junior ReGina Germaine was the first ECU runner to cross the finish line in a time of 23:81.32, for 86th place. Freshman Cheyenne Choate was the next to finish in 25:20.23 (171st), freshman Jennifer Swart crossed the line in 25:37.67 (177th), freshman Hannah Taff was 179th (25:41.44) and freshman Taylor Coss was 180th (25:48.56).
Freshmen Kimberly Lucero and Brittney Ferguson also competed for the Lady Tigers. Lucero finished in 26:10.10 (189th) and Ferguson 26:19.72 (193rd).
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The East Central University men’s cross country team finished the 2013 season with a 13th-place finish, out of 23 teams, at the NCAA Central Regional at Yankton Trail Park.
The Tigers ran a group of two freshmen, two sophomores and three juniors in the 8K race and earned 310 points. Host Augustana College earned the regional title (37 points), and Harding was the only Great American Conference team to finish above ECU in eighth (234 points).
Junior Will Baldwin paced the Tigers, finishing 37th in a time of 33:02.24. Freshman Richard Mora was the next to finish in 33:10.93 (41st). Junior Ruganza Mugisha was 66th (33:47.67), freshman Bruce Bragg was 75th (33:57.58), junior Enrique Jiminez finished 95th (34:32.88), sophomore Arturo Nava was 100th (34:26.70) and sophomore Zacharie Jeandemange was 118th (34:52.49).
WEATHERFORD — At the annual Great American Conference Soccer Banquet, the East Central University soccer team saw three players earn All-GAC honors. Juniors Katie Glutz and Margaret Glutz were both named to the All-GAC First Team, and senior Ashley Bradford was named to the All-GAC Second Team.
Katie Glutz (MF) finished the regular-season third on the team in goals (3) and added an assist, seven shots on goals and one game-winning goal. The Mansfield, Texas, native earned All-GAC Second Team honors in 2012 and 2011.
Margaret Glutz (D) started in all 16 matches for the Lady Tigers in 2013 and helped pace the ECU defense. This is the third straight season that Margaret Glutz was named to the All-GAC First Team, while also earning 2011 GAC Freshman of the Year honors and 2011 NSCAA All-South Central Region Third Team honors.
Bradford (F) tied for first on the team with five goals while adding an assist for 11 points. The Irving, Texas, native added a team-leading 21 shots on goal. Bradford was named to the All-GAC First Team in 2012 and Second Team in 2011.