Lady Pirates Falter Against JMU 74-51 For First Home Loss
Dec. 18, 2005
GREENVILLE, N.C.--The East Carolina women's basketball team dropped its first home game of the season 74-51 against James Madison inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Cherie Mills notched her fourth double-double with a 15 point, 10 rebound performance to pace ECU (6-3). Meanwhile, the Dukes (7-1) were led by Tamera Young who set a new career-high in points (24) and rebounds (20).
With the two teams tied at 32-32 at the break, James Madison jumped out to a 47-38 lead with just under five minutes into the second half led by Meredith Alexis' five points. The Dukes extended their lead to 61-43 by the 9:18 mark after tough defense limited ECU to one shot opportunities.
"The difference today was rebounding," said head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. "It is something that we have been emphasizing the last week, but evidently need to figure out another way to do so. Whenever you get out rebounded by 25 you are not going to win many games. Once we get that figured out we will be a lot better basketball team."
Shooting only 6-of-26 (23.1%) during the second half, and 18-of-55 (32.7%) for the game, ECU was unable to draw within 20 points of JMU over the final 8:42 of the contest.
After the lead grew to 19-9 by the 12:14 mark, before the Dukes answered with a 14-6 run to draw within one basket. LaCoya Terry sparked the Lady Pirates offense with a shot from long range, followed by a jumper in the lane to give ECU a 30-23 advantage.
James Madison rallied behind the efforts of Alexis and Young. Young scored four of her game-high 17 points over the final 4:34 to close out the half, while Alexis added four points during the 8-2 run.
Sending the two teams to the lockerroom in a 32-32 tie, Cherie Mills scored 11 points to lead the Lady Pirates with Terry and Slack adding seven and six points respectively.
JMU vs. East Carolina
Head Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener