ECU women rally past OBU

ARKADELPHIA, ARK.— The East Central University women’s basketball team earned a come-from-behind 59-48 win at Ouachita Baptist in Great American Conference action.

The Lady Tigers (13-6, 8-5 GAC) were paced by senior Alex Tucker who garnered a career-high 18 points.  Tucker added three rebounds, three assists and four steals.  Fellow senior Alycea Price added 10 points and eight rebounds, while junior Dilan Webster garnered 11 points.

“We had a slow start, but were able to persevere and make the adjustments needed to get the win,” said interim head coach Emily Holombek.  “It was a tough game and Ouachita really read our plays, but we were able to play through it together as a team.”

The first half saw OBU (5-14, 3-10 GAC) jump out to a six-point advantage (5-11), with 10:04 left to play.  Ouachita held onto the lead for the remainder of the half and had increased it to nine (13-22), with 4:33 left on the clock.  That is when ECU started to make their move, going on a 9-2 run in the final minutes to trail just 22-24 at the half.

The second half was a tight battle for the first 8:30 minutes when the teams were knotted at 34.  ECU followed with a 6-3 run in the next 3:30, but saw the advantage drop to one (40-39) 30 seconds later.  The Lady Tigers then used an 8-1 run to push the lead out to seven (48-41), with five minutes left on the clock.

OBU kept fighting, but could only get within four (50-46) over the next minute.  ECU ended the game with a 9-2 run, with most of the points for both teams coming at the free-throw line.

ECU earned the win by out-shooting Ouachita 40.8 percent to 25.0 percent from the field.  ECU also took better advantage of their turnovers, scoring 14 points off turnovers to OBU’s seven.

ECU will return home for two games and the Kerr Activities Center.  The Lady Tigers will first face Southern Arkansas, Thursday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. for the annual PinkOut game.

Tigers pick up road win over OBU

ARKADELPHIA, ARK. – The East Central University men’s basketball team earned a come-from-behind win, 73-62, over Ouachita Baptist at Bill Vining Arena in Great American Conference action.

The Tigers (12-7, 9-4 GAC) were led by senior Henry Pwono, who tallied 24 points and six rebounds.  Redshirt freshman A.J. Moutry added 14 points and two boards.

“I’m really proud of our guys and their toughness and determination in a hostile environment,” said head coach Ja Havens.  “We did a great job defensively in the second half, and that was the difference in the game.  Henry Pwono gave us a big lift offensively and Shaq Burrell did a great job of bringing energy on the defensive end.”

Ouachita (7-12, 4-9 GAC) took an early lead and kept the advantage between two to six points for the first 10 minutes of the game.  OBU then added to their lead, with a 9-0 run over a two-minute span to lead 19-30.  The teams traded runs over the final minutes of the half, until a late 5-0 run by OBU gave them a 34-45 lead at the half.

The second half was a close battle, with OBU leading by 10 (41-51), with 14:50 left to play.  That is when ECU kicked things into high gear and used a 19-3 run over the next 10 minute to take a 60-54 lead.  ECU held OBU without a field goal during the span, but saw the advantage drop to two over the next minute.  

ECU then used a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to build its lead to nine (67-58).  The teams traded points over the next minute, with ECU holding on for the 73-62 win.

Both teams were close in overall shooting percentages (40.4/39.2), but ECU earned a kept 40.0 to 25.0 lead in three-point shooting.  ECU also made the most of their trips to the free throw line, going 25-of-36 and holding OBU to a 17-of-21 mark.

The Tigers will return home for the first of two games at the Kerr Activities Center, Thursday, Feb. 6 when they host Southern Arkansas at 7:30 p.m.  The game is the annual PinkOut game.


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