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November 8, 2013

ECU Men's and Women's Basketball Notebook


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Ada — THE GAMES

The East Central University women’s basketball team will open the 2013-14 season at home and will play the first five games of the season on Wayne Cobb Court in the Kerr Activities Center. The first game of the season is set for Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. against Southwestern Christian. The Lady Tigers will continue the streak with a Tuesday, Nov. 12 match-up with St. Gregory’s at 7 p.m.

SCOUTING SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN

The Eagles have started the 2013-14 season and are 0-1 after finishing 2012-13 14-19 overall and 7-9 in conference play as a member of the NAIA. SWCU will have one more chance to pick up their first win of the season before coming to Ada, as they face Lyon College at home Nov. 8.

Jordan Gooch and Vanessa Bledsoe are the top returners for the Eagles from a season ago. Gooch averaged 9.7 points and a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game, while adding a .415 (113-of-272) shooting percentage and 39 blocks. Bledsoe tallied 9.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per outing and shot .418 (77-of-184) from the floor.

AGAINST THE EAGLES

ECU and SWCU battled during the 2012-13 season, with the Eagles earning a 76-74 win on their home court (Nov. 26, 2012).

Senior Alycea Price led the Lady Tigers with 12 points and nine rebounds, while junior Taylor Fischer added nine points for the ECU returners.

Jordan Gooch is the top returner from the game for SWCU, with 14 points and 13 boards.

THE SERIES

While the Eagles took the win in the last outing, the Lady Tigers own a 14-2 overall record in the all-time series and have a 7-0 mark when playing in the Kerr Activities Center.

SCOUTING ST. GREGORY’S

The Cavaliers are 0-1 on the season after finishing 2012-13 with a 12-19 overall and 5-11 record in the Sooner Athletic Conference. SGU will also play one game before being the hosts of the Lady Tigers, as they face Lyon College Nov. 9.

SGU has almost a completely new team for 2013-14, with only two returning. Lee averaged 5.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in 2012-13. In the first game of this season, the Cavaliers had five players in double-digits in points, with Lee leading the charge with 19 points. Atoya Harris was strong on both offense and defense with 10 points and nine rebounds.

AGAINST THE CAVALIERS

The Lady Tigers and SGU meet twice during the 2012-13 season, with ECU earning wins in both meetings. The Lady Tigers averaged 68.5 points per game, while allowing just 57.5.

Senior Ashley Robison is the top returner for ECU, averaging 14 points and eight rebounds per game. Senior Alycea Price added an average of 10 points and seven boards.

Stacy Lee is the only returner for SGU, averaging 6.5 points and two rebounds.

THE SERIES

The Lady Tigers currently hold a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series.

Up Next

The Lady Tigers will remain at home and host their first double-header of the season with the men’s team, Saturday, Nov. 16 when the women’s team hosts Rogers State at 2 p.m. 

THE TOURNAMENT

The East Central University men’s basketball team will open the 2013-14 season with a new head coach at the helm of the program today at 2:30 p.m. against Angelo State in the first game of the SWOSU Basketball Classic in Weatherford. The Tigers will also face Midwestern State, Saturda at 2:30 p.m. at Rankin Williams Fieldhouse. 

SCOUTING ANGELO STATE

Angelo State finished the 2012-13 season with a 7-19 overall mark and a 4-14 record in the Lone Star Conference. The Rams played one exhibition game this season, falling 65-46 to Texas Tech.

ASU was predicted to finish seventh in the LSC this season after losing three starters, but is returning seven players from a season ago. Like ECU, the Rams will be under the tutelage of a new head coach in Chris Beard.

The three top returners for ASU are Chris Talkington, Dakota Rawls and Bryan Hammond. Talkington tallied 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, while Rawls added 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per outing. Hammond contributed 9.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Rams.

AGAINST THE RAMS

The last meeting between the teams was Nov. 11, 2011, when ECU earned a 79-73 win on a neutral floor.

While the Tigers have no returners from that outing, Dakota Rawls was a starter for the Rams. Rawls tallied five points and added an assist.

THE SERIES

Friday’s contest will be the 16th meeting in the all-time series and just the second on a neutral court. The Rams currently hold an 11-4 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to Nov. 19, 1998. The Tigers won the last meeting between the teams, Nov. 11, 2001 (79-73) on a neutral court.

SCOUTING MIDWESTERN STATE

The Mustangs have been ranked No. 13 by the NABC in the preseason poll and picked to finish first in the LSC after going 22-9 overall and 14-4 in the conference in 2012-13. MSU’s season came to an end in the NCAA South Central Regional Semifinals.

The Mustangs return four of their five starters from last year’s team and will be bolstered by JaMichael Rivers and DeJuan Plummer who sat out the 2012-13 season, but were key players in 2011-12.

Monzaigo Williams is the top returner for MSU, as he averaged 12 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game last season. Rivers added 10.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 2011-12.

AGAINST THE MUSTANGS

The last meeting between ECU and MSU was back on Dec. 2, 2010, with the Tigers suffering a 60-36 loss in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Chris Lee played in the game for ECU, with five points and two rebounds in 21 minutes.

The Mustangs do not have any returners who saw action in the outing against ECU.

THE SERIES

Saturday’s game will be the 18th meeting between ECU and MSU, with the Mustangs holding an 11-6 lead. The series started Dec. 15, 1997, with an 87-85 ECU win. This is just the second meeting on a neutral court, with MSU earning the win the first time. 

UP NEXT

The Tigers will host their first home game of the 2013-14 season in their next outing when they welcome Dallas Baptist to the Kerr Activities Center, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. The game is part of the first double-header with the women’s team, with the women hosting Rogers State at 2 p.m.