Nov. 8, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. –The East Carolina women’s basketball team kicked off the 2013-14 campaign with a 102-47 victory over Virginia Intermont behind a pair of 20-point performances by Abria Trice and J’Kyra Brown. The Pirates grabbed 28 steals in the contest to rank fourth in the single-game record book. The win also marked the first time since November 2011 that ECU reached the 100-point plateau.
Trice led four Pirates who scored in double figures with 21 points. The redshirt junior guard also added four steals, three rebounds, two assists, and one block. Brown, a freshman guard, contributed 20 points to go along with four boards, one block and one steal in her collegiate debut, while junior forward Shae Nelson posted 16 points, a team-best seven rebounds, two steals and one assist. Redshirt sophomore forward Jada Payne rounded out the double-figure scoring with 15 points while also registering five rebounds, three steals, and an assist.
East Carolina (1-0) finished the game shooting 46.3-percent from the field as the Pirates converted 37-of-80 field goals. In addition to their 102 points and 28 steals, the Pirates tallied 47 rebounds and 22 assists, while shooting 31.0-percent from three-point range and 70.4-percent from the free throw line. Virginia Intermont (1-1) was limited to 30.6-percent shooting from the field, 16.7-percent from beyond the arc, and 66.7-percent from the charity stripe. ECU capitalized on the Cobras’ 41 turnovers as the Pirates scored 48 points off of turnovers.
The Pirates started the game on an 11-0 run highlighted by five points from Payne and four from Trice. The duo finished the frame with a total of 25 points as Trice posted a 15, while Payne added 10 in the half. The Pirates built on their lead with an 8-0 run to go up 38-21. East Carolina led by as many as 19 points on three separate occasions en route to taking a 50-31 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the first half alone, the Pirates forced Virginia Intermont into 19 turnovers, while ECU collected 15 steals. The Pirates shot 43.2-percent from the field and 72.7-percent from the free throw line. In addition to 15 points, Trice led the team with four steals, while Payne and Janesha Ebron added three each. Payne finished the first half with four rebounds, while Ondrea Shaw added three boards to go along with a pair of blocks.
Like they did in the first half, the Pirates came out on a scoring surge. ECU opened the second half on a 16-0 run and the Pirate defense did not allow Virginia Intermont to score until the 13-minute mark as the hosts led 66-33. Brown led the scoring drive as she poured in 18 points in the second half en route to the Pirates leading by as many as 60 (101-41) points. East Carolina went on to cruise to a 102-47 victory over Virginia Intermont.
The Cobras were led by Rainey Story who scored a team-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals. Kayla Orrick collected eight rebounds, while Shelby May added three assists, and Radvile Autukaite collected four steals.
East Carolina will be back in action on Sunday, November 10, when the Pirates host George Mason at 6 p.m. Live stats and video will be available on ECUPirates.com. The contest is Fan Appreciation Day as all fans who bring their ticket stub from the ECU football game on Saturday, November 9, will receive $2.00 admission. Additionally the first 250 fans in attendance will receive a free ECU Pirates T-shirt.