Mills Leads Lady Pirates to 69-57 Win At Memphis
Jan. 20, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- Cherie Mills' season high 26 points led the Lady Pirates to a 69-57 victory over Memphis Saturday afternoon at Elma Roane Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Memphis. The win moves the Lady Pirates to 9-11 on the year, 4-3 in C-USA, while Memphis falls to 3-18, 0-7 in league play.
The first six minutes of the game saw both teams battling for the lead, as there were two lead changes and two ties in the opening minutes, with the Lady Pirates taking the 8-7 lead on a Nicole Days layup at the first media timeout. Days' basket sparked an 8-2 run over the next four minutes to extend ECU's lead to five, 14-9, with 11:41 on the clock. Back to back baskets by LaCoya Terry increased the Lady Pirates' lead to seven, 19-12, at the 8:17 mark. After a jumper by Alysse Davis to pull the Tigers to within five, it was then East Carolina that went on an 8-0 run to go ahead 27-14, with five minutes to play in the half. Aroha Jennings' basket at the 4:33 mark briefly stopped the ECU run, cutting the Lady Pirate lead to nine, 27-19. East Carolina continued its scoring run, posting eight unanswered points over the next three minutes, taking the 35-16 lead with under three minutes to play before the break. Jazmyn Green's three-pointer with under a minute remaining made the halftime score 36-19 in favor of the Lady Pirates.
Cherie Mills led all scorers with 10 points at the break, and has eight rebounds. Days added six points and eight boards. The Lady Pirates shot 44.4 percent in the opening half while holding the Tigers to an ice cold 17.6 percent. ECU outrebounded the Tigers 30-20 in the first half. Memphis committed nine turnovers in the first half, with the Lady Pirates scoring 12 points off the Tigers miscues.
Memphis opened the second half on a 5-0 run, pulling the Tigers to within 12, 36-24, with 17:56 to play in the game. After a layup by Mills to give ECU the 14 point advantage, it was the Tigers who went on another scoring spurt, this time a 10-2 run, cutting the Lady Pirate lead to six, 40-34, with 13:49 on the clock. Sparked by a Jasmine Young jumper, the Lady Pirates went on a 6-0 run over the next minute and a half, with Gabriela Husarova's layup giving the Lady Pirates the 11 point, 46-35 lead with 12:17 to play. A 5-0 spurt by the Tigers pulled Memphis to within nine, 54-45, with five minutes remaining in the game. ECU answered, going on an 8-0 run to extend its lead to 17, 64-47, with 2:20 to play. The Lady Pirates cruised to the 69-57 victory.
Mills led all scorers with a season-high 26 points, adding 10 rebounds for her 12th double-double of her career. Young also scored in double figures with 12 points, adding five assists. Jennings led the Tigers with 14 points while Hope Adams added 11. The Lady Pirates outrebounded the Tigers 45-37.
East Carolina will enjoy a week off before traveling to Huntington, W.Va. for a Sunday afternoon tilt against Marshall. The Lady Pirates will look for the regular season sweep of the Thundering Hurd in the 3:00 p.m. game which will be televised on CSTV.