Pirates Extend Home Win Streak With 75-52 Victory
Nov. 30, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Sophomore Kristine Mial produced a solid all-around outing for East Carolina Wednesday night, recording a double-double to help the Pirates to a 75-52 win over Monmouth at Minges Coliseum. ECU (5-2) has captured 12-straight decisions at home, matching the program record set during the 2009-10 campaign, as well as 38 of the last 47.
Mial knocked down seven of her 11 attempts from the field to finish with 16 points as well as recording 11 rebounds - four on the offensive glass - for her first double-double in an East Carolina uniform. The former JUCO All-America also turned in a stellar defensive performance, posting five steals, four blocks and four offensive rebounds to go along with two assists. Senior Chareya Smith and junior Shala Hodges joined Mial in double figures offensively, netting 13 and 11 points respectively.
Nine of the 10 players who experienced action scored while all 10 grabbed at least one rebound. Additionally, five Pirates contributed multiple assists and four grabbed more than one steal. ECU displayed defensive intensity throughout the contest, forcing 28 turnovers and turning those miscues into 31 points, as well as tallying 17 steals and eight blocks.
From the field, East Carolina used a 54-percent shooting performance in the second half to finish at 43 percent for the contest - knocking down 25 of its 58 attempts. Meanwhile, the Hawks (2-4) connected on just 17 of their 56 tries to fire at a 30-percent clip. The Pirates enjoyed a 43-33 advantage in the rebounding column, picking up 15 offensive boards. ECU also turned in its highest percentage of the season from beyond the arc, nailing seven treys on 16 attempts (.438).
After Chevannah Paalvast opened the scoring with a trey, ECU scored 14 of the next 16 points to move in front by nine as Hodges capped the run with a three of her own at the 16:01 mark. Nearly seven minutes would pass from the time Monmouth scored its fifth point until it reached double digits, allowing the Pirates to push ahead 25-10 on two Hodges free throws with 8:51 showing on the clock.
East Carolina matched its largest lead of the half when Tatiana Chapple knocked down a free throw to make the score 33-18 with under four minutes left in the period. However, the Hawks found their offense in the final minutes to cut their deficit to 33-26 before the buzzer sounded.
The Pirates limited Monmouth to eight field goals and 27-percent shooting in the first 20 minutes. ECU also enjoyed a 24-20 edge in rebounding, with Chareya Smith and Kristine Mial picking up five apiece. Hodges led the way in the scoring column, knocking down a pair of three-point field goals to end up with eight points.
East Carolina heated up from long range to begin the second half, as Celeste Stewart and Mial combined for three triples to extend the Pirates' lead to 44-29. A Chapple free throw allowed the advantage to balloon to 25 points at the 10:33 mark before Gena Brodaus cut it back to 21 with a jumper as the clock ticked down to 7:31.
Mial's final two points came on a layup with 4:31 remaining in the contest, giving the Pirates their largest cushion of the evening at 71-44 and helping keep the Hawks at bay.
ECU will attempt to set the program record for consecutive home wins next Wednesday, Dec. 7, as it plays host to VCU at Minges Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.