Jan. 25, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. –The Lady Pirates are ready to hit the road for their third away game in four contests. On Sunday, January 27, the ECU women’s basketball team will go head-to-head with Conference USA foe Tulane in New Orleans, La. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. (ET).
The Game: ECU at Tulane
East Carolina will travel to New Orleans, La., to face Tulane on Sunday, January 27, at 3 p.m. (ET). The Pirates hold a 2-2 Conference USA record and are 12-5 overall, while the Green Wave is 3-1 in conference action and 14-3 overall.
The Pirates and Green Wave will meet for the 16th time in program history and Tulane leads the all-time series 12-3. Last season, Tulane defeated East Carolina, 63-49, in Greenville, N.C., before ending the Pirates’ season with a 67-51 win at the Conference USA Quarterfinals in Memphis, Tenn. ECU’s last victory over the Green Wave came on February 17, 2007, when the Pirates claimed a 76-68 win over Tulane at Minges Coliseum.
Last Time Out
The Pirates are coming off of a win against Tulsa at Minges Coliseum last Sunday. In that contest, ECU used the last three minutes of the game to go on a 10-0 run and hold off Conference USA foe Tulsa, 69-63. Celeste Stewart finished the game with 14 points, seven assists, three rebounds and a steal, while junior Kristine Mial also chipped in 14 points and added five boards, and an assist. Whitny Edwards contributed nine points, eight rebounds, three steals and an assist, while Britny Edwards concluded the game with eight points, six boards, two blocks and a pair of assists. Tatiana Chapple had an eight-point, two-steal, one-rebound performance, and Kyani White added six points with two assists. Janesha Ebron came off the bench and posted six points with two boards, a pair of steals and as many assists for the Pirates.
About the Pirates
East Carolina enters Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans, La., with a 12-5 overall and a 2-2 conference mark. The Pirates come into the game at Tulane having defeated Rice (60-41) and Tulsa (69-63) in conference play. ECU’s two C-USA losses came at UTEP (81-66) and Memphis (66-56). The Pirates are averaging 66.2 points per game this season, while limiting their opponents to 54.8. The ECU defense has been solid this season as it is forcing 23.2 turnovers per game, while collecting 13.4 steals per contest, which is good for seventh in the nation. The Pirates have four double-figure scorers in Whitny Edwards (11.7 points per game), Britny Edwards (11.4), Celeste Stewart (10.5), and Kristine Mial (10.0). Britny Edwards is the squad’s rebounding leader as she has collected 148 boards to average 8.7 per contest. She also leads the team in blocks with 26, along with a 51.9-shooting percentage. Whitny Edwards has been consistent for the Pirates all season as she averages 6.5 rebounds per game, and has added 27 steals and 34 assists. In addition to averaging 10.5 points per game, Stewart is the team leader with 77 assists. The senior point guard has been a major contributer as she has also posted 53 rebounds and 30 steals. Junior Kristine Mial has made an immediate impact since returning to the Pirates’ lineup after sitting out the first 10 games of the season due to an injury. Since her return, she is averaging 10.0 points per game and has collected 17 rebounds and six steals. Redshirt sophomore Kyani White has grabbed 43 steals to lead the Pirates and average 2.5 steals per game. White has also added 5.5 points per game, 55 assists, and 2.0 rebounds per game.
Scouting The Green Wave
Tulane enters the game against ECU with an overall record of 14-3 and a 3-1 conference ledger. The Green Wave owns a 7-3 record at home and is averaging 68.6 points per game, while limiting opponents to 59.7 for a scoring margin of 8.9. Despite starting C-USA action with a 62-56 loss to SMU, Tulane has since bounced back and has garnered three consecutive victories over Marshall (67-57), Rice (69-65), and Memphis (72-62). Redshirt sophomore Whitney Bibbins is the Green Wave’s leading scorer as she averages 13.8 points per game, while adding 70 rebounds, 15 assists, 11 steals and eight blocks. Danielle Blagg is Tulane’s second leading scorer as she averages 10.8 points per game and has played in all 17 contests and earned one start. Olivia Grayson is the Green Wave’s rebounding leader with 104 to average 6.1 per game. Grayson also adds 9.6 points per game, a team-best 35 steals, 65 assists, and nine blocks.
East Carolina: Head Coach Heather Macy (Greensboro College, 2000) enters her third year at the helm of the ECU women’s basketball team and holds a record of 40-39 as the Pirates leader. Overall, Macy owns a 155-78 career record and is 91-44 in conference action. In her first year with the Pirates, Macy guided the team to a winning record for the third straight season and helped the Pirates to a 9-7 conference mark which was good for fifth place in the league. Macy came to ECU from Francis Marion where she led the Patriots to a 27-5 ledger during the 2009-10 season and finished second in the East Division of the Peach Belt Conference. Under her tutelage, FMU earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament and advanced to the second round. Macy spent three seasons with FMU and finished her stint with an impressive 75-19 record. She began her coaching career with Pfeiffer, where she coached for two years and led the Falcons to a 26-5 record in her final season.
Tulane: Lisa Stockton (Wake Forest, 1986) is in her 19th season at the helm of the Tulane women’s basketball program. She owns a career record of 449-214 as a collegiate head coach and she is 386-187 during her time at Tulane, including a 171-105 mark in conference play. Since the inception of Conference USA prior to the 1995-96 season, Tulane has gone 353-172 overall and 162-108 in league play. With 386 wins at Tulane, Stockton now has more wins than each of the previous Green Wave coaches earned in 19 years combined. During her tenure at Tulane, Stockton has led the Green Wave to to the postseason 13 times (10 NCAAs, 3 WNITs) and claimed conference Coach of the Year honors three times (Metro in 1995, C-USA in 2007 and 2010). In addition, Tulane has won four C-USA regular-season championships (1997, 1999, 2007, and 2010) and the tournament title on five occasions (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2010).
The National Spotlight
As a team, East Carolina ranks in the Top 50 in six categories in NCAA Division I statistics. The Pirates are in seventh in steals per game (13.4), 12th in turnover margin (6.53), 26th in assists per game (16.3), 41st in scoring defense (54.8), 49th in scoring margin (+11.4), and 50th in assists to turnover ratio (0.98). The NCAA ranks the top 250 student-athletes and three Pirates rank in five categories. Redshirt sophomore Kyani White ranks 61st in assists to turnover ratio (1.72), 105th in steals per game (2.53), and 249th in assists per game (3.2). Senior Celeste Stewart ranks 74th in assists per game (4.5) and 79th in assists to turnover ratio (1.6), while redshirt senior Britny Edwards ranks 91st in rebounds per game (8.7) and 97th in blocked shots per game (1.53).
On This Date in ECU Women’s Basketball History
The East Carolina women’s basketball team has played in 10 contests on January 27th since the program’s inception. The first game took place on this date was in 1978, when ECU edged Virginia State, 62-61. Since then, the Pirates have recorded a 5-5 record on January 27th, with their last contest taking place in 2011 against UAB in a Conference USA game at Minges Coliseum. In that game, the Pirates defeated the Blazers, 71-64. ECU owns a 3-0 record on January 27th since 2006 and when playing current C-USA opponents.
Cracking the Top 10
A pair of Pirates have found their way into the East Carolina women’s basketball career record books with their performances this season. Britny Edwards is currently ranked eighth in career blocks with 71, while Celeste Stewart sits in ninth with 311 career assists.
Closing in on the Top 10
Senior Shala Hodges is 13 three-pointers away from jumping into 10th place in the ECU all-time record books for most three-point field goals made in a career. Currently, Hodges has tallied 74 treys.
Off the Bench
The East Carolina women’s basketball team utilizes its bench as much as anyone, if not more. This season, the Pirates’ bench has outscored its opponents’ bench 376-236. ECU’s non-starters tallied 52 of the team’s 84 points in the Pirates’ win over St. Andrew’s on November 11, and East Carolina’s bench recorded 45 of 79 points against Converse on November 18. Most recently, the Pirates’ bench notched 24 points versus’ Tulsa on January 20, while the Golden Hurricane’s bench was limited to just seven points. In that contest, ECU defeated Tulsa, 69-63.
Cleaning up the Glass
Whitny Edwards and Britny Edwards have been doing their duty at the glass this season. The twins have totaled 259 rebounds as Britny has collected 148 and Whitny has added 111. Britny is averaging 8.7 rebounds per game which ranks fourth in the conference. Additionally, she is fourth in defensive rebounds (5.5) and seventh in offensive rebounds (3.2) in Conference USA.
This season, the Pirates are outscoring their opponents 66.2 points per game to 54.8 to boast a scoring margin of +11.4, which ranks in the top 50 in the NCAA and second in C-USA. A large part of the offense has come from redshirt seniors Whitny and Britny Edwards. Whitny is the Pirates’ leading scorer as she averages 11.7 points per game, however, Britny is hot on her heels with an average of 11.4 points per contest. Additionally, Britny is leading the team with a 51.9-percent shooting clip to rank third in C-USA.
Pirates Plunder, Pillage, and Steal
Sophomore guard Kyani White has collected 43 steals to average 2.5 steals per game for ECU. Against Converse, White grabbed a game-high eight steals to tie for sixth place in the ECU single-game record book. She is tied for ninth in Conference USA in steals per contest.
Thanks for the Assistance
Senior Celeste Stewart has dished out a team-leading 77 assists this season to average 4.5 assists per game which is good for second in C-USA statistics. She is currently in ninth place in the ECU career record books with 311 in her career.
Redshirt senior Britny Edwards recorded a game-high five blocks in the Pirates’ season opener at William & Mary. Her five blocks tied her career-high from a year ago when she tallied five stops versus Jacksonville on December 18, 2011. Last season, Britny Edwards finished the year with a team-leading 45 blocks. This season, Edwards has posted a team-leading 24 blocks to average 1.5 blocks per game which ties for third in Conference USA. In the Pirates’ win over NC Central, Edwards tallied her 63rd career block to break into the ECU all-time record book.
ECU as a Team in C-USA
As a team the Pirates lead Conference USA in a pair of categories. East Carolina has set the standard in steals per game (13.4) and turnover margin (+6.5). The Pirates rank in the top five in 15 of 21 categories in conference statistics.
ECU Players in C-USA
Individually, East Carolina has a number of players in the top 10 in conference statistics. Senior point guard Celeste Stewart ranks second in the conference in assists per game (4.5), seventh in assist to turnover ratio (1.6), and ninth three-point field goal percentage (.345). Redshirt senior Britny Edwards ranks third in field goal percentage (.519) and blocked shots (1.5), fourth in rebounds per game (8.7) and defensive rebounds per game (5.5), and seventh in offensive rebounds per game (3.2). Redshirt sophomore Kyani White is tied for fourth in assist to turnover ratio (1.7) and is tied for ninth in steals per game with 2.5. Finally, redshirt senior Whitny Edwards is ranked seventh in three-point field goals made as she averages 1.6.
The Pirates return to Minges Coliseum for a pair of home contests beginning with Marshall on Thursday, January 31, at 7 p.m., before hosting UCF on Sunday, February 3, at 1 p.m. Live stats, video and an internet radio broadcast will be available for both games on ECUPirates.com