The East Central University women’s basketball team bounced back from a Thursday night loss to Southwestern and earned a 62-50 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State in Great American Conference action Saturday inside the Percefull Fieldhouse.
The Lady Tigers (16-7, 11-6 GAC) were led by senior Ashley Robison, who tallied 16 points and nine rebounds. Junior Erin Walling added 15 points, and fellow senior Alycea Price contributed 10 points.
ECU started out the first half with strong play on both ends of the court. The Lady Tigers went on a 5-0 run before allowing the Rangers (5-17, 5-11 GAC) to score their first points of the game with 14:27 left on the clock. ECU kept at least a four-point lead through the first 10 minutes of the half before NWOSU went on its first run.
The Rangers used an 8-0 run to take a 17-16 advantage with 5:04 left to play. The Lady Tigers countered with a 6-0 run over the next minute to lead 22-17. However, NWOSU held ECU scoreless for the final four minutes of the half and used a 10-0 run to take a 27-22 lead into the locker room.
The second half was a back-and-forth battle at the start, with NWOSU holding onto its five-point lead. ECU started its comeback six minutes into the half, going on an 11-2 run that tied the game at 35 with 11:40 remaining. The Lady Tigers kept fighting and built an eight-point advantage with a 9-0 run over a three-minute span to lead 49-39 with 7:50 left on the clock.
NWOSU continued to battle and cut the advantage to five, but ECU kept the pressure up in the final minutes of the game. The Lady Tigers used an 8-1 run in the final 2:39 to earn the 62-50 win.
The key to the game ended up being shooting percentages. ECU shot just 36.8 percent (7-of-19) in the first half but came out strong in the second, hitting 60 percent (15-of-25) of its shots. The Lady Tigers also held the Rangers to a 34.0 (18-of-53) percentage for the game.
ECU has one more road game before finishing the regular season at the Kerr Activities Center. The Lady Tigers will travel to Bethany to face Southern Nazarene Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Northwestern 73, ECU 70
ALVA — The East Central University men’s basketball team played a strong game but dropped a 73-70 decision to Northwestern Oklahoma State in Great American Conference action Saturday at Percefull Fieldhouse.
The Tigers (14-9, 11-6 GAC) were led by senior Henry Pwono, who was one rebound shy of a double-double. Pwono tallied 19 points and nine rebounds. Redshirt freshman A.J. Moutry added 15 points and four boards, while senior Shaq Burrell tallied 11 points.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle for the first 10 minutes, with no team leading by more than four points. ECU pushed the tempo of the game from 10:25-7:55 with an 8-2 run that pushed the lead to five (24-19). The Tigers kept the lead between one and five points for the rest of the half and went into the locker room with a 38-35 advantage.
The second half was tight at the start, with the Tigers taking a seven-point lead (49-42) with just over 14 minutes left to play. However, the Rangers (10-12, 7-9 GAC) fought back and regained the lead (52-49) with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes. ECU fought back to tie the game at 56 with eight minutes left to play.
The teams then traded runs over the next four minutes before NWOSU started to pull away by making its shots from the charity stripe with three minutes to play. The Rangers were leading, 69-65, with a minute on the clock when senior Chris Fisher hit a triple to cut the deficit to one (69-68).
Fisher then turned in a key defensive play, holding his man to a five-second call and a turnover to give ECU a shot to take the lead. The Tigers missed their shot attempt on the next possession and were forced to foul with 13.4 seconds left. The Rangers missed the first two shots but were fouled on the rebound and made both of the next two for the 71-68 lead.
Fisher was fouled and sent to the line with 5.3 seconds left, making both to cut the deficit to one (71-70). A quick foul led NWOSU back to the free-throw line to push the lead back to three with 3.8 ticks on the clock left. ECU had a chance to tie the game but was unable to get the shot off.
Free throws became a key to the game, as both teams shot around 40 percent from the field for the game and both made seven triples. The Rangers went 22-of-32 from the charity stripe, and ECU was held to a 17-of-22 mark.
The Tigers have one more road game before finishing the regular season at the Kerr Activities Center. ECU will face Southern Nazarene in Bethany Thursday at 7:30 p.m.