Pirates fall to 23rd-ranked Blue Raiders
The non-conference contest is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m.
ECU and William & Mary will tip-off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9
Head Coach Heather Macy returns 11 players from last year's squad to the court
2011-12 Atlantic 10 All-Freshman Team Honoree Joins Program
2011-12: Named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team as a freshman at La Salle...Two-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (11/14, 1/23)...Appeared in all 31 games, starting the first 26 of her career...Was team-high scorer in five contests, led team in rebounding twice...Scored team-high 15 points in collegiate debut against Lehigh (11/11)...Followed up with 16-point performance at Albany (11/13)...Earned first A-10 Rookie honor for those two performances...Poured in team-high 17 points against Florida (11/25) in the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic at Long Island...Had four-game double-digit scoring streak from 1/14 to 1/28, averaging 15.8 ppg over that stretch...Netted game-high 18 points at Charlotte (1/18) along with team-best eight rebounds...Followed up with 24-point performance at Richmond (1/21) to earn second A-10 Rookie of the Week honors...Saw season and career-high 39 minutes of action at Richmond...Also dished out season- and career-best five assists against the Spiders...Followed up with team-best 11 points against St. Bonaventure (1/28)...Scored 13 points in Atlantic 10 Championship first round win over Xavier (3/2)...Named team Rookie of the Year at annual banquet.
Hickory High School: Led Hickory to a 28-3 record and the state finals in 2010-11...Led Hickory to the Northwestern 3A-4A and West 3A Regional titles...2011 McDonald's All-America nominee...Named the West 3A Regional Most Valuable Player...Also named the West MVP at the state finals...Hickory Daily Record Sports' All-Greater Hickory Girls' Player of the Year...Associated Press All-North Carolina Team...First Hickory female player to be invited to play in the North Carolina East-West All-Star game in at least eight years...Led her squad to the conference regular season title as a sophomore and both the regular season and tournament title as a junior, as well as the sectional finals in both seasons...As a junior, averaged 20 points and seven rebounds per game, along with five steals and four assists...Named all-conference, First Team All-District and Second Team All-Region in 2009-10.
Personal: Born Jada Ruth Payne on Oct. 8, 1993 in Lenoir, N.C...Daughter of Amanda Forney and Andrew Payne...Mother, Amanda, was a college basketball player at Lees-McRae and West Virginia Tech and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011...Major is undeclared.