Jan. 29, 2014
|Game 20: Old Dominion at East Carolina
|Date||Thursday, January 30|
|Time||2:00 p.m. (ET)|
|Location||Greenville, N.C. | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum|
|Live Game Coverage||Gametracker (Live Stats) | Live Video|
|Game Notes||East Carolina | Old Dominion|
|2013-14 Women's Basketball Statistics||East Carolina | Old Dominion|
|ECU Women’s Basketball Central|
The East Carolina women's basketball team plays host to Old Dominion on Thursday, January 30, at 2 p.m. Admission and parking are free to the general public.
The Pirates and the Monarchs will meet for the 51st time in program history. Old Dominion leads the all-time series 42-8. Thursday's match up marks the first time the two teams have squared off since 2007, when ODU defeated East Carolina, 88-66, at Minges Coliseum. The Pirates are looking snap a 28-game losing streak against Old Dominion. East Carolina has not defeated ODU since February 22, 1992 when the Pirates were victorious over the Monarchs, 71-57, in Greenville, N.C.
Last Time Out
East Carolina is coming off of an 82-82 overtime loss at Southern Miss last Saturday night. The Pirates were hampered by Southern Miss' Jamierra Faulkner's career-high 39-point performance that led the ECU's third loss of the season. ECU's Jada Payne was one rebound shy of a double-double as she led the Pirates in scoring with 27 points to go along with nine boards, two steals and an assist. Redshirt junior guard Abria Trice notched 22 points in the contest and added five rebounds, a team-best three steals and two assists, while senior forward Kristine Mial came off the bench and scored 15 points and added four rebounds and an assist. Redshirt junior post Ondrea Shaw registered a game-high 12 rebounds and put up a game-high three blocks in the setback. The first half was a defensive fight as both teams were limited offensively. East Carolina shot 30.8-percent from the field, while Southern Miss was held to just 21.9-percent. The Pirates led by as many as 18 points (57-39) in the second half, but the Golden Eagles refused to quit as they chipped away at the Pirates' lead. After a Southern Miss 11-0 run to cut the Pirates' lead to five (59-54) with 5:17 remaining, Southern Miss used the last five minutes of regulation to come back and tie the game at 69-all and force overtime action. The overtime period was back and forth until USM's Tamara Jones hit a jumper with five seconds on the clock to seal the victory for the Golden Eagles.
About the Pirates
East Carolina is looking to get back on the winning track after dropping an 82-80 overtime contest to Southern Miss. The Pirates are 16-3 overall and hold a 4-2 Conference USA mark to rank third in league standings. The Pirates are undefeated at home as they have posted a 10-0 record at Williams Arena inside Minges Coliseum this season. As a team, ECU is shooting 42.0-percent from the field which ranks fifth in Conference USA. The Pirates are outscoring their opponents 74.6 points per game to 60.1 for a scoring margin of +14.5 which is good for first in the league and 18th in the nation. East Carolina owns the advantage in rebounding as the Pirates average 43.9 boards per game, while limiting their counterparts to a conference-leading 35.5 for a rebounding margin of +8.4 which also leads C-USA and ranks 22nd in the NCAA. Additionally, the Pirates lead the conference in blocked shots per game (5.1) and steals per contest (11.7). Those marks are also good for 18th and seventh, respectively, in the NCAA. Redshirt sophomore forward Jada Payne is the team's leading scorer as she averages 20.7 points per game which is good for third in the league and 31st in the nation. Payne also leads the Pirates in rebounding with an average of 7.6 boards per game to rank 10th in C-USA. The Hickory, N.C., native owns a three-point field goal percentage of 42.9 which ranks her 23rd in the NCAA and third in the conference. Redshirt junior guard Abria Trice is ECU's second leading scorer with 16.8 points per game which is good for eighth in the league. She also contributes 4.4 rebounds per game, a team-best 35 steals, 26 assists and 12 blocks. Redshirt junior post Ondrea Shaw has been key on defense for East Carolina as she leads the team and conference with 3.1 blocks per game. Her blocks per game average is also good for 10th in the nation. Shaw is second on the team with 7.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 13th in C-USA, while adding 3.3 points per game and 20 steals.
Scouting the Monarchs
Old Dominion is 9-11 on the year and 2-4 in Conference USA action. The Monarchs have lost their last two games to UAB (80-64) and Middle Tennessee (62-49) and are looking to get back on the winning track. ODU is shooting 41.2-percent from the field and 60-percent from three-point range. The Monarchs average 68.1 points per game and allow 67.5. Old Dominion owns an average of 39.5 rebounds per game as well as 13.7 assists per game, 8.9 steals per game and 3.0 blocks per game. The Monarchs are led offensively by Shae Kelley who is their only double-figure scorer as she averages 16.4 points per game. Kelley also leads the squad in rebounding with 10.2 boards per contest while adding 47 assists, a team-best 42 steals, and a team-leading 27 blocks.
Home Sweet Home
Last season, ECU closed out the year with an impressive 14-1 record while playing at Minges Coliseum. After starting the 2013-14 season with a 10-0 record in Greenville, the Pirates have extended their home winning streak to 23 games. East Carolina has not lost a home match in more than a year as the last time the Pirates were defeated inside Minges Coliseum was on November 17, 2012 when they dropped a 72-62 decision to College of Charleston.
In the Nation
In the NCAA's weekly national statistical rankings East Carolina is ranked in the top 50 in 10 categories. The Pirates are seventh in the nation in steals per game as they average 11.7. Additionally, ECU is 11th in win-loss percentage (84.2), 17th in three-point field goal percent defense (26.7), 18th in blocks per game (5.1) and 18th in scoring margin (+14.5). The Pirates are also ranked 22nd in rebounding margin (+8.4), 25th in field goal percent defense (35.3), 36th in free throw percentage (72.9), 41st in scoring defense (60.1), and 50th in scoring offense (74.6).
A defensively strong team, East Carolina has limited its opponents to 60.1 points per game, while averaging 74.6 points per game for a scoring margin of +14.5. The Pirates' scoring margin leads the conference while their scoring defense ranks second in C-USA. The marks are also ranked 18th and 41st in the NCAA, respectively. Additionally, the Pirates have collected 222 steals to average 11.7 per game to lead the league and rank seventh in the nation. ECU has also forced their counterparts into 392 turnovers to average 20.6 per game. The Pirates have also put up 97 blocks to average 5.1 per game which leads the league and ranks 18th in the nation.
Pouring In The Points
The Pirates have a pair of double-figure scorers in redshirt sophomore forward Jada Payne and redshirt junior guard Abria Trice. Payne leads the Pirates with 20.7 points per game, while Trice averages 16.8. Their averages rank third and eighth, respectively, in the conference. As a team, ECU owns a scoring offense of 74.6 to rank fourth in the league and in the Top-50 in the nation, while the Pirates limit their opponents to 60.1 points per game for a scoring margin of +14.5, which ranks second and first, respectively, in the conference and 41st and 18th, respectively, in the nation.
Thanks For the Assistance
The Pirates have dished out 273 assists this season to average 14.4 per game which ranks fourth in Conference USA. Junior guard Janesha Ebron is the team-leader with 91 helpers on the year to average 4.8 per game which ranks her fifth in the conference. She also is second in C-USA with an assist to turnover ratio of 1.9.
Cleaning Up The Glass
The Pirates have accumulated 834 rebounds to average 43.9 per game to lead Conference USA. In holding their opponents to 35.5 rebounds per game, the Pirates own a rebounding margin of +8.4 which leads C-USA and is good for 22nd in the nation. Redshirt sophomore forward Jada Payne is the Pirates' leader in rebounding as she averages 7.6 boards per game, while redshirt junior post Ondrea Shaw averages 7.5. The pair rank 10th and 13th in the league, respectively.
Pirates Plunder, Pillage, and Steal
Like their namesake, the Pirates are known for steals. ECU has grabbed 222 steals this season to average 11.7 per game which is tops in Conference USA and ranks seventh in the NCAA. The Pirates have forced their opponents into 20.6 turnovers per game and own a turnover margin of +1.6. Redshirt junior guard Abria Trice leads the Pirates with 35 steals to average 1.8 per game which ties her for 12th in the league.
ECU has put up 97 blocks to average 5.1 per game which leads Conference USA statistics and is good for 18th in the nation. The Pirates have limited their opponents to 3.3 blocks per game on the year. Junior post Ondrea Shaw leads the team with 58 blocks for an average of 3.1 blocks per game which leads the conference and ranks her 10th in the NCAA. With 58 blocks, Shaw is ranked fourth in the ECU single-season record book.
ECU in C-USA
As a team, East Carolina ranks in the top five in 18 of 21 Conference USA statistical categories this season. ECU leads the league in 10 categories. The Pirates lead the conference in scoring margin (+14.5), field goal percent defense (35.3), three-point field goal percent defense (26.7), rebounding offense (43.9), rebounding defense (35.5), rebounding margin (+8.4), blocked shots per game (5.1), steals per game (11.7), offensive rebounds per game (17.4), and offensive rebounding percentage (44.3).
Pirates in C-USA
Four Pirates have found themselves ranked in the top 20 in Conference USA individual statistics this year. Redshirt junior post Ondrea Shaw leads the league in blocks per game with 3.1. She also ranks eighth in offensive rebounds per game (3.2) and 13th in rebounds per game (7.3). Redshirt sophomore forward Jada Payne leads the conference in free throw percentage (88.0), while ranking third in three-point field goal percentage (41.1) as well as in scoring (20.3 points per game). She also ranks fifth in three-point field goals made per game (2.1), ninth in offensive rebounds per game (3.1), 10th in rebounding (7.6 per game), 12th in field goal percentage (48.6), and 12th in defensive rebounds per game (4.4). Redshirt junior guard Abria Trice is ranked eighth in scoring (16.6 points per game) , ninth in free throw percentage (82.5), 11th in field goal percentage (49.8), and tied for 12th in steals per game (1.8). Junior guard Janesha Ebron ranks second in assist to turnover ratio (2.0) and fifth in assists per game (4.8).
C-USA Freshman of the Week
On Monday, December 16, freshman guard J'Kyra Brown earned her first-ever Conference USA Freshman of the Week honor for her performance at the ULM Warhawk Classic. Brown helped the Pirates to a 1-1 record and an appearance in the Warhawk Classic championship game after averaging 10.5 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, 1.0 assists per game, 0.5 steals per game, and 0.5 blocks per game. She finished the weekend shooting 53.8-percent from the field, 57.1-percent from beyond the arc, and was 3-for-3 from the free throw line. Brown poured in 18 points in the Pirates' 85-42 victory over Alcorn State last Friday to secure ECU's place in the championship contest. She earned the honors along with Takia Brooks of Florida Atlantic and Tamara Jones of Southern Miss who took home Co-Player of the Week accolades. Brown is the first Pirate to collect the award this season.
The "New" Conference USA
Conference USA was one of the many conferences that saw realignments over the summer. July 1, 2013 marked the addition of Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, LA Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, and UTSA to C-USA. While the conference expanded with the eight new member institutions, it also parted ways with Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF as all four joined the American Athletic Conference. 2013 will mark the last year of ECU's affiliation with Conference USA as the Pirates will join the American Athletic Conference beginning next season.
Senior post Ariana Jackson will be out for the season due to an injury.
East Carolina will host Charlotte in a Conference USA contest on Saturday, February 1 at Williams Arena inside Minges Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. Live stats, video and audio will be available on ECUPirates.com