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ECU Lady Tigers (18-7, 13-6 GAC) at Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (19-6, 16-3 GAC) When: Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m. Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville Radio: KWKK 100.9 FM Internet: http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php About the Golden Suns: With a win on Saturday, Arkansas Tech would clinch the 2012-13 Great American Conference women’s basketball regular season championship outright. The Golden Suns assured themselves of at least a share of the league title and the No. 1 seed in the GAC Tournament with a 69-67 win over Harding on Thursday night. It is Arkansas Tech’s fourth consecutive regular season conference title in women’s basketball, which is the Golden Suns’ longest such streak since winning five straight league titles from 1994-98. Saturday will mark the final home game for three Arkansas Tech women’s basketball seniors --- Rosie Silva of Caracas, Venezuela, Westin Taylor of Silver Hill and Jessica Weatherford of Bonnerdale. About the Lady Tigers: East Central stopped a three-game losing streak with a 69-62 win at arch rival Southeastern Oklahoma State on Thursday. Senior guard Regan Browne scored a season-high 19 points for the Lady Tigers in the victory. East Central defeated Arkansas Tech 67-62 in Ada, Okla., in their only previous meeting this season. The Lady Tigers are 1-4 all-time against Arkansas Tech in games played at Russellville. ECU’s only road win over the Golden Suns was a 74-67 triumph on Nov. 29, 1986. ECU Tigers (8-17, 5-14 GAC) at Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (15-10, 12-7 GAC) When: Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m. Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville Radio: KWKK 100.9 FM Internet: http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech can win the 2012-13 Great American Conference men’s basketball championship outright on Saturday with a win over East Central and a Southeastern Oklahoma State victory over Harding. Tech and Harding enter the final day of the regular season tied for first place in the GAC standings, while Arkansas-Monticello and Southeastern Oklahoma State are both one game off the pace. Northwestern Oklahoma State has the same GAC record as Tech and Harding (12-7), but the Rangers are ineligible for the GAC regular season title because NWOSU is a provisional member of the conference. Today will mark the final home game for five Arkansas Tech men’s basketball seniors --- Paul Cooper of Auburndale, Fla., Willie Kirkland of Graceville, Fla., Will Paul of Corpus Christi, Texas, Jeff Reese of Laurel Hill, Fla., and Jared Williamson of Russellville. About the Tigers: East Central must win on Saturday in order to have any hope of clinching the eighth and final berth in the 2013 GAC Tournament, which will be played March 7-10 in Bartlesville, Okla. The Tigers have lost three consecutive games, each of which were decided by seven points or less. ECU is 1-11 in road games this season, including an 0-9 record in GAC games away from home. The Tigers dropped a 60-44 decision to Arkansas Tech on Dec. 8, 2012, in their previous meeting this season.]]>