After finishing fifth in the Great American Conference standings in 2012-13, the East Central University women’s basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the 2013-14 GAC Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
The Lady Tigers earned 69 points in the poll. ECU improved by 11 wins in 2012-13 in going 19-9. Second-Team All-GAC forward Dilan Webster averaged 14.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in league games last season. Ashley Robison and Aylcea Price also averaged at least 7.0 rebounds per game in GAC games.
Harding was picked to finish first, with 95 points and six first-place votes. Southwestern Oklahoma State was picked seconds, with 92 points and four first-place votes. Arkansas Tech finished one spot above ECU, with 81 points and the final first-place vote.
Ouachita Baptist (58 points) was fifth, Southern Nazarene sixth (57 points), Southeastern Oklahoma state seventh (44 points), Arkansas-Monticello eighth (36), Henderson State ninth (31 points), Northwestern Oklahoma State 10th (27 points) and Southern Arkansas 11th (15 points).
Men’s Basketball Picked 10th in GAC Preseason Poll
RUSSELLVILLE, ARK. – The East Central University men’s basketball team was picked to finish 10th in the Great American Conference in the 2013-14 GAC Preseason Poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
The Tigers received 28 points in the poll and were above Southern Arkansas, with 22 points.
Arkansas Tech was picked to finish first, with 97 points and seven first-place votes. Harding was picked second, with 91 points and three first-place votes. Southeastern Oklahoma State was third (68 points), Arkansas-Monticello (60 points), Ouachita Baptist fifth (54 points) and Henderson State was sixth (52 points/1 first-place vote).
Northwestern Oklahoma State was picked to finish seventh (48 points), Southwestern Oklahoma State eighth (47 points) and Southern Nazarene ninth (38 points).
The Tigers will open their season at the Southwestern Oklahoma State Classic, where they will face Angelo State (Nov. 8) and Midwestern State (Nov. 9).