Lady Pirates Host Southern Miss Friday
Jan. 7, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's basketball team looks to improve to 2-0 in league play Friday, hosting 2009 Conference USA Tournament finalist Southern Miss at Minges Coliseum. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
The Lady Pirates, 12-2 overall, have won five of their last six contests and are coming off a comprehensive 78-54 win in their C-USA opener against Marshall. ECU improved to 7-0 at home with the 24-point win, marking the largest margin of victory in program history in a C-USA game. The previous standard was a 23-point win over the same Herd team a year ago in Greenville. The Lady Pirates have also won 21 of their last 26 contests at Minges Coliseum.
ECU shot .560 percent for the contest, marking the seventh time this season it has reached the .500 plateau, while holding the Herd to .383. The Lady Pirates also turned in their best efforts from beyond the arc and at the free throw line, producing .667 and .875 efficiencies, respectively. However, Marshall won the battle of the boards, 35-32, including 19 offensive rebounds.
Crystal Wilson shined for the second-straight game, following up her 20-point performance against Binghamton last week with 18 Monday. Additionally, Kelly Smith nailed all five of her three-point attempts to end up with 15 points while Chareya Smith tallied 12 on 4-for-4 shooting from the field and an identical 4-for-4 mark from the free throw line. Kim Gay led the team in rebounding for the third-straight game, picking up six.
Ashley Clarke paces East Carolina, scoring 12.8 points per contest, while also averaging a C-USA second-best 5.4 assists per game. The Lady Pirates feature six players that score 7.6 or more points a contest, with Wilson and Allison Spivey producing 10.5 and 10.3 marks, respectively.
ECU resides in the top five of C-USA in 17 different statistical categories, including first in scoring (74.6 ppg), field goal percentage (.478), three-point field goal percentage defense (.276) and rebounds allowed (33.2).
Southern Miss enters Friday's tilt at 4-9 overall, having lost five-straight, including a 76-68 home loss to Louisiana Tech Jan. 3. Pauline Love, a 2009 C-USA Preseason honoree, paces the team with averages of 16.2 points and 12.1 rebounds. Tanesha Washington is also averaging double figures in points, putting in 11.1 per contest. The Golden Eagles are shooting the ball at a .410 clip from the field and .335 from beyond the arc. They are also outrebounding opponents by a +1.6 margin (38.9-37.3).
ECU leads the all-time series with the Golden Eagles 7-5 and has taken four of the last five meetings. The Lady Pirates split a pair of contests with Southern Miss last season, losing 68-60 in Hattiesburg before answering with a come-from-behind 64-58 victory in Greenville two weeks later, a contest in which the Golden Eagles led by as many as 15 in the second half.
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
WILSON GOES WILD
KELLY COLLECTING THE THREE-BALL
AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS The Lady Pirates are among the top 50 in many categories nationally. ECU is eighth in field goal percentage (.478), 25th in assists per game (16.7), 28th in winning percentage (.846), 33rd in scoring (74.4), 37th in rebound margin (+6.1), 40th in steals per game (10.8), 42nd in 3-point field goal defense (.277) and 50th in scoring margin (12.2). Additionally, Clarke checks in at 31stth in assists per game (5.4), while Spivey is 87th in assist/turnover ratio (1.64).
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE THAT WITH THE WHOLE TEAM?
PICK-POCKETING THE COMPETITION
FIRING AT 50
UP NEXT FOR THE LADY PIRATES After tonight's contest with Southern Miss, the Lady Pirates welcome defending Conference USA champion UCF to Minges Coliseum Sunday for a 2 p.m. tipoff. The Knights, after starting 2-11 last season, recovered to finish 11-5 in league play, becoming the second-ever team to win four games in four days to secure the championship. ECU and UCF split two meetings in 2008-09 with the Knights taking an 83-72 decision in Orlando before the Lady Pirates rebounded with an 86-83 overtime triumph a few weeks later in Greenville.