Lady Pirates Breeze By Blue Hose 76-53
Dec. 18, 2007
CLINTON, S.C. - Led by Nicole Days' career-best 15 rebounds and 11 points, the East Carolina women's basketball team defeated Presbyterian 76-53 Tuesday evening at the Templeton Center. The win puts ECU at 5-5 on the year while the Blue Hose fall to 1-10 on the season.
ECU jumped out to the early 6-3 lead before five straight points by Presbyterian gave the Blue Hose the 8-6 advantage with 16:35 to play in the half. Shuanda Ashford's jumper tied the game at 8-8 before Katlin Moore put PC back on top, 10-8. After changing leads four times over the next three minutes, it was Jasmine Young's three-point play at the 13:22 mark that put the Lady Pirates up 16-13, a lead they would not give up again. Young's three pointer with 11:41 remaining sparked a 12-2 run, extending ECU's lead to 11, 28-17, with 9:03 on the clock. Allison Spivey's trey triggered another Lady Pirate rally, this time a 7-0 run, putting ECU up by 16 with under five minutes remaining in the opening half. PC's Sharie Hopkins layup with under a minute to play in the half pulled the Blue Hose within eight points, but Tiahana Bowen's bucket with 26 seconds to play gave the Lady Pirates the ten point, 40-30 lead at the break.
The second half was all ECU, as the Lady Pirates opened the half on a 5-0 run, all coming from Young. After back-to-back baskets by the Blue Hose to cut the ECU lead back down to ten, Young sparked a 15-3 run by East Carolina, extending its lead out to 24, 62-38, with 8:19 remaining in the contest. PC ended its five minute scoring drought with a Chelsea Wright jumper at the 7:15 mark. Lea Smith's basket cut the Lady Pirate lead down to 20, 62-42, with 6:15 on the clock. The Blue Hose could not get any closer, however, as East Carolina went on to win 76-53.
Days lead all players with a career-high 15 rebounds. She added 11 points for her second career double-double. LaCoya Terry led all scorers with 15 points, and added five steals and four assists. Young also finished the game with double digits, scoring 13 points and adding eight assists. Bridget Takach led the Blue Hose with 12 points and four assists.
East Carolina travels to Wilmington this Thursday for a Noon tip-off against UNC Wilmington. The game is the last for the team before the holiday break.