Lady Pirates Fall To Houston, 54-45, In First Home Conference Game
Jan. 13, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's basketball team snapped its four game-winning streak Friday night at Minges Coliseum as the fell to Conference USA foe Houston, 54-45.
Opening their home conference schedule, ECU was lead by junior Cherie Mills who netted a team-high 14 points while collecting 10 boards for her sixth double-double of the season. Fellow Pirate Jasmine Young added 12 points and was the other Pirate to score in double-figures.
The Pirates (10-5, 2-2) trailed by one, 42-41 after Mills connected on a pair of free throws with 5:30 left in the game. But key free throw shooting down the stretch coupled with a pair of 10-foot jumpers from Sha'Ratta Hawkins and Emily Fritters helped seal the Cougars (6-8, 3-0) victory.
ECU jumped out to an early 7-2 in the first two-and-half minutes of play when Mills connected on a three-point play. Coming back from a time-out, Houston's Ryan Meyers netted five straight points to tie the game, 7-7, at the 14-minute mark.
Jasmine Young hit pair of 11-foot jumpers to put ECU up four, 11-7, with 11:46 remaining until the intermission, but the Pirates, who shot a season low 16.7 percent from the floor, would never regain the lead, pulling even only once in the second half 32-32.
Tye Jackson, a transfer from Purdue, netted six of the last 10 Cougar first half points to take a five-point lead at intermission.
The Pirates shooting woes continued in the second half, falling behind by as much as eight points, 32-24, in the first five minutes.
Over the next three-and-half minutes, ECU would draw even, 32-32, behind a pair of Mills jumpers and a Young lay-up, but would never get over the hump as they trailed by 10, 51-41, with three minutes remaining in the game.
ECU will be back in action next Friday night, Jan. 20, when they travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to face Southern Miss.