Pirates continue to win tough games on the road with 74-71 win over N.C. A&T
Nov. 30, 2005
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The East Carolina women's basketball team continues to show that it can win on the road, following a tightly contested 74-71 victory over N.C. A&T at the Corbett Sports Center Tuesday night. The win precedes the CPW/Atavola Lady Pirate Invitational which will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Minges Coliseum in Greenville.
Cherie Mills had a breakout performance leading all scorers with 36 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the victory. She is now sandwiched between Jennifer Jackson who scored 31 points (Nov. 13, 2004 vs. Louisville) and Danielle Melvin, who scored 39 points against Richmond (March 5, 1999) as the last three players to score between 30 and 40 points for the program. The Lady Pirates (3-1) inside game, which manufactured 26 points in the paint, proved to be the difference down the stretch as Mills scored 18 points in the second half.
With ECU leading 64-59 at the 7:42 mark of the game, the Lady Aggies (0-4) knotted the contest with a 5-0 run over the next two minutes. Mills put the Pirates back on top, and a back-and forth contest over the final minutes, the lead was stretched to one following two clutch Jasmine Young free-throws. Leading 72-71, ECU turned up the heat on defense to force a turnover and subsequent foul by Shareka Glover. Unable to force a defensive foul, East Carolina closed out the game with a layup by Mills with one second remaining.
Young matched Cherie Mills as the only Pirates player in double figures with 11 points. Eight other ECU players scored at least two points or more.
"I am very excited to get out of here with a victory," head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said. "Our young players were able to handle the environment, because it is a great place to play basketball.'
East Carolina led the Lady Aggies after one half of play 35-32, with center Cherie Mills leading all scorers with an 18 point performance. The Lady Pirates dominated from the inside, scoring 22 points, while connecting on all three free throw attempts. Trailing by 10 points on two different occasions, the Pirates went on a 10-0 run at the 8:20 mark of the contest to tie the game at 25-25 with 5:44 remaining in the half. A tight game over the following minutes, ECU assumed a four point lead at 34-30 with 2:06 left and would take a three-point advantage into the half.
East Carolina vs. N.C. A&T