Lady Pirates Win Fifth Straight, Knock Off League-Leading Tulane, 76-68
Feb. 17, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C.-- Jasmine Young's jumper with one minute to play provided the dagger as she went on to hit three of four free throws to seal the Lady Pirates' 76-68 win over Tulane, snapping the Green Wave's 10-game win streak.
ECU extends its win streak to five games, tying the longest C-USA streak in program history. The victory also established a record for most Conference USA wins in ECU history. The Lady Pirates improve to 14-13 overall, 9-5 in C-USA action. The Green Wave fell to 22-5, 11-3 in league play.
After a quick basket by Tulane's Ashley Langford, the Lady Pirates went on an 8-1 run, taking the 8-3 lead at the 15:46 mark. Young's three-pointer with 14:20 on the clock gave ECU the 11-5 lead, but a Nikki Luckhurst trey pulled the Green Wave within three, 11-8. Tulane put together a 5-0 run to tie the game at 13 a piece on a D'Aundra Henry jumper with 11:05 to play in the half.
ECU responded, going on a 13-3 run, giving the Lady Pirates the ten point, 26-16 lead with 5:13 remaining. A pair of free throws and a bucket by Alendra Brown cut the ECU lead down to six, 26-20. Cherie Mills' three-point play at the 4:17 mark increased East Carolina's lead to nine, 29-20. LaCoya Terry connected on a pair of free throws and a basket to give the Lady Pirates the 11-point, 33-22 lead with two minutes to play in the half. Tulane ended the half on a 5-0 run, cutting East Carolina's lead to six, 35-29, at the break.
Mills led the Lady Pirates with nine points at the break while Gabriela Husarova and Terry each added six points. Henry led the Green Wave with nine points. Both teams shot 39 percent in the opening half. ECU out-rebounded Tulane 22-15 in the first half.
Tulane continued its momentum early in the second half, going on a 7-4 spurt, to pull within three, 39-36, with 17:44 to play. Montagnino's jumper at the 16:26 mark tied the game at 40-40. Young's jumper from the free throw line on the next possession gave the Lady Pirates the 42-40 lead, but Tulane's Brown tied the game again, at 42 a piece.
Young hit her second three-pointer of the game to give the Lady Pirates the 45-42 advantage with 15:10 remaining in the contest. Terry's free throws extended ECU's lead out to five, 47-42. Dominique Philpots connected on back to back baskets to pull the Green Wave to within two, 48-46, with 13:02 to play. A pair of free throws by Mills and a trey from Jessica Slack increased the Lady Pirate lead to seven, 53-46 with 11:20 to play.
Tulane put together a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to tie the game at 55 with 8:02 to play. Another Young trey gave ECU the 58-55 edge with 7:34 to play, while a pair of Terry free throws increased the lead to five, 60-55. Mills hit a jumper in the paint for a 68-61 lead with 2:50 to go. After a jumper by Young, Luckhurst stroked a three to cut the margin to three, but ECU calmly hit its free throws the rest of the way.
"I'm extremely proud of our team today," head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said. "This was a huge win for our program."
Young led all scorers with 22 points, going 3-for-6 from behind the arc. With her three treys, Young moves into sixth-place in the ECU record books for three-pointers made with 88. She also moves into sixth place in total assists with 292.
Mills added 18 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and the 14th of her career. Terry also finished with double figures with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Henry paced the Green Wave with 19 points while Jennifer Sands and Brown each added 12 points in the loss.
For the third game in a row, the Lady Pirates shot over 80 percent (81.8) from the charity stripe, a welcome change from their season average of 63.6 percent. East Carolina shot 43.1 percent from the field, while Tulane shot 41.8. The Lady Pirates outrebounded the Green Wave 40-34.
East Carolina will close out the regular season next week, traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss., for a Thursday evening tilt against Southern Miss before moving on to Orlando, Fla., for a Saturday afternoon contest against UCF. The Lady Pirates will then visit Tulsa, Okla., for the Conference USA Women's Basketball Championships March 1-4.