Mills Leads Pirates To 74-54 Win Over Memphis Friday Night
Feb. 10, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's basketball team recorded its 14th win of the season and sixth in Conference USA play Friday after beating the Memphis Tigers, 74-54, inside Minges Coliseum.
The Pirates (14-8, 6-5) opened the game on an 8-0 run when Cherie Mills connected on a jumper at the 16:49 mark. ECU would hold the Tigers (3-19, 1-10) in check for the remainder of the first half, building their lead to 16 at one point, 22-6 after LaCoya Terry scored on a lay-up and never looked back.
Over the next eight minutes of play, the Tigers made it interesting when Devin Necaise drained one of her four three-pointers on the night to cap off a 20-9 run, 31-26. ECU would go on a mini run, 6-3, to close out the half with an 8-point lead, 37-29.
To open the second half of play, both teams exchanged buckets with Memphis' Ashley Howard netting 10 points in the first 4:39 to close the gap to 43-38. ECU would extend its lead again to 16, 58-42, after going on a 15-4 run that saw freshman Jessica Honesty and Mills each score four points.
ECU would clamp down on defense holding Memphis to 12 points in the final 12:18 for the Pirate victory.
Mills, who lead all scorers with 21, had 13 points at the break finishing 9-of-14 from the floor, while grabbing eight rebounds. Freshman point guard Jasmine Young posted her 13th double-digit game of the season with 10 points. She also dished out five assists with no turnovers and collected three steals, moving into a tie for tenth place on the single-season list with 64 steals.
Senior forward LaToya Horton broke out of her three-game slump and narrowly missed her first double-double of the season with ten points and nine rebounds. Horton shared the team lead in boards with freshman Impris Manning, who finished one shy of tying her career-high.
For Memphis, Howard recorded a double-double on the night with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She tied fellow Tiger Necaise with the team-high in points.
ECU grabbed 48 boards on the night, marking the 12th time this season they accomplished this feat. The Pirates scored 24 second chance points on the night, 26 from the beach and 10 from fast breaks.
The Pirates will be back in action Sunday afternoon when they host UAB at 2 p.m.