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ECU Falls at Charlotte, 79-61

Sophomore Shala Hodges led the offense with 11 at Charlotte Sunday
Sophomore Shala Hodges led the offense with 11 at Charlotte Sunday

Dec. 5, 2010

Box Score

Charlotte 79, East Carolina 61 Get Acrobat Reader

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - East Carolina fell behind by 19 in the first half and could never recover Sunday, dropping a 79-61 decision to Charlotte at Halton Arena. The Pirates are now 4-4 overall while the 49ers improve to 6-2.

Sophomore Shala Hodges led three ECU players in double figures with 11 points while Ashley Clarke and Allison Spivey chipped in 10 each. Additionally, Jean Best pulled down a team-best six rebounds and Elaine Morgan had two of the Pirates' nine steals.

Charlotte shot 50 percent in the contest, hitting 29 shots, as compared to a 30.9-percent mark for ECU. The 49ers also dominated the glass, out-rebouding the Pirates 59-35, but comitted 24 turnovers as compared to 16 for East Carolina.

After Spivey tied the game at three with a triple, a 10-5 run over the next five minutes allowed the 49ers to edge ahead 13-8. Charlotte extended the lead moving toward the middle of the half, going up 25-12 on a Jennifer Hailey free throw. With 6:45 left in the period and the 49ers up 29-14, the teams played tight the rest of the way with Charlotte out-scoring the Pirates 13-11 to take a 42-25 advantage into the break.

Spivey and Wilson led the offense with eight points in the first 20 minutes while Kim Gay had four rebounds. ECU also struggled from the field, hitting nine of its 30 field goal attempts for 30-percent showing. The Pirates were also out-rebounded 26-17.

The 49ers scored the first six points of the second half, making it a 48-25 game on a Shannon McCallum layup at the 18:19 mark. Over the next seven minutes, Charlotte beat East Carolina down the floor and used some nice passing to stretch its lead to 29 points at 64-35.

Hodges hit a jumper in the paint to cap a 12-6 ECU run that made it 70-47 at the 7:32 mark. The Pirates cut into the lead for the remainder of the game, scoring 14 of the last 23 points to give the 49ers the 18-point margin of victory.

East Carolina returns to Minges Coliseum Wednesday, playing its final home nonconference game against Hampton. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.