Weiberg helps ECU shoot past Ouachita Baptist

Feb. 27—East Central sophomore Jayden Weiberg buried six 3-pointers to help the ECU women's basketball team streak past Ouachita Baptist 61-48 Saturday inside the Kerr Activities Center.

ECU improved to 8-16 overall and 4-16 in Great American Conference play, while Ouachita dipped to 9-15 and 7-13.

"We had a great defensive effort in the second half," said ECU women's head coach Heather Hurt. "A lot of players stepped up to help us get stops or put points on the board. I am really proud of our response in the second half to get stops and handle their pressure."

After trailing 30-22 at halftime, the Tigers gradually found their rhythm in the third quarter, erasing what was a 10-point deficit down to just three points (42-39) heading into the final 10 minutes.

Although Ouachita briefly extended their lead to 44-40 early in the fourth quarter, ECU's offense surged ahead while the purple Tigers stalled.

Natalie Payne's jumper sparked a dominant 21-4 scoring run, which included five Tiger 3-pointers, that ultimately took them to the very end and sealed the well-deserved victory in front of their home crowd.

ECU was impressive on both ends of the shooting percentage, earning a 45.1% field-goal percentage on 23-of-51 shooting and a season-best 63.2% accuracy from beyond the arc, hitting 12-of-19 shots.

Weiberg led the scoring with 20 points, shooting 7-of-10 overall and an impressive 6-of-8 from 3-point range.

Mackenzie Crusoe contributed 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting while Natalie Payne added 12 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Laney Mears led the way for the OBU Tigers with 15 points. She hit three 3-point field goals.

The ECU women's basketball team will compete in their final week of the regular season, starting on Thursday with a road contest against Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

Note: Ada News Sports Editor Jeff Cali contributed to this report.