The East Central University men’s basketball team will start a three-game road trip with the first stop in Weatherford Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. to face Southwestern Oklahoma State in the new Pioneer Cellular Event Center.
Scouting Southwestern Oklahoma State
The Bulldogs are 12-8 overall and 9-5 in the Great American Conference after losing their last three games. SWOSU has a +0.6 scoring and -3.5 rebounding margin on the season. The Bulldogs trail .409 to .427 in overall shooting percentage, but have a slight .347 to .342 edge in three-point shooting.
SWOSU has three players that are averaging double-digit point totals for the year in Rod Camphor, Gary Inglett and Trent Washington. Camphor leads the team with 17.0 points and 6.1 boards per game, while shooting .438. Inglett adds 14.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while Washington has tallied 12.2 points and 3.4 boards per outing.
Against the Bulldogs
In the first meeting with Southwestern this season, the Tigers fell 55-43 in the Kerr Activities Center. Neither team had a great day shooting, with ECU holding a slight .298 to .241 advantage. The key to the game was at the free-throw line where the Bulldogs went 23-of-33 and the Tigers were just 13-of-20.
Senior Colby Carr led the Tigers with 17 points and five rebounds. Fellow senior Henry Pwono added 10 points and 10 boards.
Trent Washington and Rod Camphor were the leaders for the Bulldogs. Washington chipped in 15 points and five rebounds, while Camphor added nine points and eight boards.
The all-time series with SWOSU is the longest in school history, with just three seasons not have a Tigers/Bulldogs battle. ECU currently leads the series 93-83 after losing the last game.
First in the GAC Tournament
The Tigers have gone from the lone team in the GAC to not participate in a post season tournament to being the first team to guarantee a spot in the 2013-14 GAC Tournament in Bentonville, Ark., March 6-9. This is the first time since the 2002-03 season that an ECU team has advanced to a conference tournament.
Moving to the Top
For the first time since the Tigers made the move to NCAA DII, ECU is sitting at the top of its conference standings. The Tigers made the move up to first after defeating Southern Arkansas and a loss by Southwestern Feb. 6.
The Tigers will continue their road trip with a stop in Alva to battle with Northwestern Oklahoma State, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m.
The East Central University women’s basketball team will start a three-game road trip, Thursday, Feb. 13 when they travel to face Southwestern Oklahoma State at the new Pioneer Cellular Event Center in Weatherford, Okla., at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs are 12-8 overall and 9-5 in the Great American Conference after losing their last two games on the road. SWOSU had won the previous six and has been playing with eight players for most of the season.
The Lady Bulldogs have a +5.5 scoring and -3.2 rebounding margin for the season. They also hold a strong 42.7 overall shooting percentage to a 39.7 mark by the opposition. Three-point shots are a key to SWOSU scoring an average of 83.2 points per game, as they are averaging 9.0 triples per game and allowing 6.7.
The Lady Bulldogs have three players that are averaging over 10 points per game on their shortened bench. Michelle Fisher leads the way with 17.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, with have of her shots attempted coming from behind the arc. Taryn Sayama is next with 12.9 points per game, while her sister Sarina Sayama adds 11.5 points per outing.
Against the Lady Bulldogs
In the first meeting between ECU and SWOSU, the Lady Tigers earned a 73-63 win at the Kerr Activities Center. ECU reversed the norm for the Lady Bulldogs in the three-point column by tallying nine triples to SWOSU’s four.
Senior Erin Walling led the Lady Tigers with 15 points and nine boards, while seniors Alycea Price and Ashley Robison each added 12 points.
Michelle Fisher garnered 20 points and seven boards for the Lady Bulldogs, while Sarina Sayama contributed 13 points.
The all-time series with SWOSU is one of two on the record books that has seen a game in every season. SWOSU currently leads the series 45-25.
Making the Tournament
For the third-straight season the Lady Tigers will be competing in the GAC Tournament, after securing a spot last Saturday with the win over UAM.
Taking Down the Top Teams
The Lady Tigers were the first team to hand then-No. 6 Harding a loss in the 2013-14 season when they earned a 61-60 overtime victory. The win marked the first time since Jan. 14, 2012 that ECU had beaten a ranked opponent. The last time saw ECU down then-No. 1 Arkansas Tech (74-65) at the Kerr Activities Center.
Price Stepping Up
Senior Alycea Price has had a strong showing in the last few games. The Houston, Texas native hit the game-winning shot against No. 6 Harding (Jan. 25) in overtime and then tallied a career-best 19 points in the win over Henderson State (Jan. 30). Price is averaging 11.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers will continue their current road trip, with the next stop in Alva to face Northwestern Oklahoma State, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.