Lady Dawgs drop first loss of season, fall to ECU, 85-75
Updated: Jan 24
Photo Creds: SWOSU Athletics
By Greydon Buhlig
The Lady Dawgs looked to continue their undefeated season and improve their #13 national ranking against the Lady Tigers of East Central. Steady offense from both teams ensued in the 1st quarter as SWOSU jumped out to a 6-point lead at the end of 1. Solid defense allowed the Bulldogs to extend that lead to 10-points with 4-minutes in the 2nd quarter. Bethany Franks had a strong 1st half, playing tough inside and leading in scoring with 10.
ECU wouldn’t go away, though, as they fought back to within 2 with under a minute to go. A late foul with .2 seconds left in the half, Alexis Lions would tie the ball game at 38 at the end of the 1st half.
To open the 2nd half, ECU would hit a 3-pointer to take the lead, but Franks would hit the first jumper of the 3rd quarter for the Dawgs and score her 1,000th point of her career.
Offense wasn’t as easy to come by in the 3rd as both teams were playing excellent defense. At the 4:54 mark of the 3rd quarter, ECU held a 4-point lead and they would extend that lead to 10 with 2:17 to go.
Maddy North would have something to say about that and ignite a spark to force a 10-second call and give the ball back to the Lady Dawgs. Both teams would go back and forth, but at the end of 3 frames, ECU would take a 9-point lead heading into the 4th quarter.
SWOSU couldn’t seem to find a rhythm early, but settled into the final quarter to cut the lead to 8, but ECU just wouldn’t go away. They would extend the lead to 11 with 4:24 to go. Macy Gore would end up cutting the lead to 8 with just over 3 minutes as the Lady Dawgs would continue to chip away at the ECU lead.
That wouldn’t be enough as the Lady Tigers would hit free throws down the stretch and hold their lead to win 85-75 and hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.
A quick turnaround for the women’s team as they face Northwestern on Monday in Alva, Okla. at 5:30 p.m.