Feb. 26, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's basketball team collected its 16th win of the season by defeating UCF, 65-44, inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum Sunday afternoon on Senior Day.
After the ECU scored the opening two buckets of the game, UCF (7-20, 5-11) held the Pirates (16-11, 8-8) without a field goal for nearly five minutes as they built a 14-5 lead, which was backed by a Francine Houston three-pointer at 13:55. Jasmine Young, who scored 13 points on the afternoon, ended ECU's offensive drought 17 seconds later, hitting a jumper that sparked a 10-2 run with 9:46 remaining until the intermission.
The Pirates closed the gap to 26-24 on a three by freshman Jessica Slack with 52 seconds left, before UCF's Keunta Miles completed a three-point play to take a five point lead at the break.
East Carolina outscored UCF, 7-2, in the first four minutes of the second period and tied the game at 31 on a 17-foot jumper by Gabriela Husarova at 15:54. The Pirates took over the lead 34-33 when Slack knocked down her second trey of the day less than a minute later.
After the two teams traded baskets, ECU regained the momentum, going on a 17-3 run over the next eight minutes to take a 53-38 with 7:08 remaining in the contest. The Pirates padded their lead in the final seven minutes of play coming away with a 65-44 victory.
Young and sophomore forward Nicole Days led the Pirates in scoring with 13 points each. For the Golden Knights, Miles poured in 14 points to lead all scorers.
The Pirates will have to wait and see who they will play in the 2006 Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament, which begins on March 2 in Dallas, Texas. The tournament bracket will be announced tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
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