Lady Pirates Run Past Rice, 74-60
Jan. 14, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C.-- Led by freshman Lauren Cochran's first career double-double, the East Carolina women's basketball team disposed of Rice 74-60 Sunday afternoon at Minges Coliseum in Conference USA action. The Lady Pirates improve to 8-10, 3-2 in C-USA play while the Owls fall to 9-9, 2-3 in league play. The win marks the first-ever for a Pirate basketball team over Rice, who is now in its second year in Conference USA.
After a Rice basket to open the game, a LaCoya Terry jumper tied the game, 2-2, with a minute and a half expired. The Owls took control on a three point play by Valeriy Berezhynska with 18:27 on the clock. Jessica Slack's jumper at the 14:48 mark cut the Rice lead to four, 10-6. Tiffany Loggins layup at the 14:40 mark started an 14-1 Rice run, extending the Owls lead to 17, with under ten minutes to play in the half. The Lady Pirates, sparked by a Terry jumper, went on a 12-0 run to cut the Rice lead to five, 24-19, with just 4:22 remaining. Krystal Frazier's three-pointer ended a five minute Owl scoring drought, extending their lead to eight, 27-19, with four minutes to play. A three point play by Gabriela Husarova and a jumper by Jasmine Young cut the lead to three, 27-24, with 2:37 on the clock, but another Frazier trey extended the Rice lead back out to six. Slack's three-pointer on the next possession pulled ECU back to within three, but Tara Watts' three-pointer put the Owls back up six with under two to play. A free throw and a three pointer by Young cut the Rice lead to just two with 38.6 seconds to play in the opening half. A pair of Nicole Days free throws with 10.9 on the clock tied the game at 33 a piece, but a Berezhynska free throw with 8.6 on the clock gave the Owls the slim 34-33 lead at the break.
Frazier led all scorers at the break with 16, including four three pointers. Terry led the Lady Pirates with nine points and five rebounds while Young chipped in with eight points and three assists. Rice shot 48.1 percent compared to East Carolina's 32.5 from the field.
The Lady Pirates opened the half just like they ended the first, going on a 6-2 run to open the second half taking their first lead of the game on a Days layup, giving ECU the 39-36 advantage with 18:37 to play. Rice's Samantha Stovall hit a jumper at the 18:10 mark to pull the Owls to within one, 39-38, but the Lady Pirates put together another scoring spurt, this time a 10-2 run over the next four minutes, taking the 49-40 lead with 14:21 to play. Berezhynska's free throws with 13:32 on the clock cut ECU's lead to seven, 49-42, but a three point play by Shana Franks on the next possession gave the Lady Pirates the ten point, 52-42 lead, their largest advantage of the game, with 13:25 to play. Terry's jumper with 10:03 to play increased ECU's lead to 12, 58-46, but a trey by Watts on the next possession cut the Lady Pirate lead to nine, 58-49, with 9:53 remaining in the game. After a pair of free throws by Franks, Rice's Frazier connected on a three point play to get the Owls within eight once again, this time at 60-52 with nine minutes on the clock. After a two and a half minute scoring drought by both teams, a free throw and a three pointer by Watts cut the ECU lead to six with 6:10 on the clock. Cochran's free throw's with 3:21 to play extended the Lady Pirates lead to 11, 69-58, and her layup at the 2:49 mark gave ECU the 13 point lead, at 71-58. Young's free throws with a minute to play gave the Lady Pirates their largest lead of the game, 15, at 73-58. ECU would cruise to the 74-60 victory.
Rice's Frazier led all scorers with 21 points while Watts added 10. For East Carolina, Terry led the way with 18 points, seven assists and eight rebounds. Cochran tallied a career-high in points and rebounds with 14 and 10 for her first career double-double. Young also scored in double figures for ECU, with 13, adding a career-high eight assists and seven rebounds. Franks tallied a personal-best nine points and four rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. The Lady Pirates, who were without Cherie Mills, Impris Manning and Alicia Person due to a team violation, pulled down a season-high 55 rebounds, including 23 offensive boards.
East Carolina will hit the road for three straight road games, traveling to Birmingham, Ala. for a Thursday evening tilt at UAB. The Lady Pirates will travel to Memphis to face the Tigers Saturday afternoon.