Women's Hoops Travels To SMU For Sunday Matinee
Jan. 20, 2012
DALLAS, Texas - East Carolina returns to the road Sunday seeking its first conference win, traveling to Dallas for a matchup with SMU. Tipoff between the Pirates and Mustangs at Moody Coliseum is scheduled for 1 p.m.
ECU forged a 35-35 deadlock at halftime Wednesday against current C-USA first-place UTEP, but could not push past the Miners in the second stanza as the Pirates fell by a 66-56 count. Junior Britny Edwards posted her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Celeste Stewart dropped in a career-best 14 points.
Chareya Smith and Katie Paschal also netted double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Edwards added three steals and three blocks to complement her double-double output. Additionally, freshman Janesha Ebron handed out a team and personal-high four assists while the 10 points for Paschal was her first-ever double-digit scoring effort.
UTEP rode a 62-percent shooting performance in the first half to an overall showing of 47 percent (27 of 57 from the field). Meanwhile, the Pirates shot just 26 percent in the second stanza to finish with a 37 percent clip (21-for-57).
The visitors exerted themselves on the glass, picking up 46 rebounds and limiting ECU to just 29. The Miners grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and turned them into 19 second-chance points and used a distinct size advantage to out-score East Carolina in the paint by a 40-24 count.
The Miners were able to hold the Pirates to just two points for the first 10 minutes of the second period and would take charge with an 11-2 run that ended when Tatiana Chapple scored in the paint to make it 46-39 with 10:06 on the clock. The advantage stretched back to nine when Gloria Brown hit a jumper down low, but East Carolina responded with a 7-0 run that featured six points from Chareya Smith to cut the deficit back to two at 48-46.
The Pirates stuck close and trailed by just five, 57-52, when Edwards recorded a steal and scored a layup with nearly three minutes remaining. However, UTEP scored the next five points to make its cushion double digits with just 1:37 left. Two Chareya Smith free throws sliced the Miners' advantage to six, but that was as close as ECU would come the rest of the way.
In Sunday's contest, East Carolina will have to watch out for sophomore Akil Simpson who averages 10.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She nearly single-handedly willed the Mustangs to a win at Marshall in SMU's most recent outing, scoring 20 points and corralling 13 rebounds for her second-straight double-double. Alisha Filmore is also producing double figures offensively for the Mustangs, scoring at a 10.8 points per outing clip.
SMU finished the game against the Thundering Herd shooting 41.2-percent, going 1-of-22 in the second half, while Marshall shot 25.8-percent in the second half to finish with a 39.6 shooting percentage. Over the first 12 minutes of the second half, SMU held Marshall to just three field goals in 17 attempts.
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