Feb. 1, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - On the heels of three consecutive victories, the East Carolina women's basketball team will welcome UCF to Minges Coliseum for a Sunday afternoon conference contest. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. (ET) on February 3.
The Game: UCF at ECU
East Carolina will welcome UCF to Minges Coliseum for a Sunday afternoon conference contest. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. on February 3. The Pirates own a 4-2 Conference USA mark and are 14-5 overall. The Knights are 1-5 in C-USA action and 7-13 on the year.
The Pirates and Knights will face off for the 15th time in program history and ECU leads the all-time series 6-5. Last season, ECU and UCF split the series as the Knights defeated the Pirates, 59-53, in Orlando, Fla., on January 5, before East Carolina was victorious over UCF, 65-50, in Greenville, N.C., on February 23.
Last Time Out
The Pirates enter the game against UCF on a three-game winning streak and have won six of their last eight contests. In the last three games, ECU has picked up victories over Tulsa (69-63), Tulane (55-52), and Marshall (54-47). Against the Thundering Herd, the Pirates were led by a trio of double-figure scorers including redshirt senior Brinty Edwards' team-leading ninth double-double of the year. Senior point guard Celeste Stewart led the Pirates in scoring for the third straight game with 13 points and five assists. She added three rebounds and two steals in the contest. Britny Edwards recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds and also contributed two steals, one block, and an assist while shooting 62.5-percent from the field. Whitny Edwards finished the game with 11 points, six boards, three assists and two steals, while Kyani White tallied seven points, four assists, and one steal.
About the Pirates
East Carolina owns a 14-5 overall record and a 4-2 conference mark. The Pirates boast an impressive 9-1 record at home and are 3-0 at home in C-USA action this season. ECU's only loss at Minges Coliseum came on November 17, 2012, against College of Charleston (72-62). The Pirates are averaging 64.9 points per game this season, while limiting their opponents to 54.3, for a scoring margin of +10.7. The ECU defense has been solid this season as it is forcing 22.9 turnovers per game, while collecting 13.1 steals per contest, which is good for seventh in the nation. The Pirates have three double-figure scorers in Whitny Edwards (11.5 points per game), Britny Edwards (11.3), and Celeste Stewart (10.8). Britny Edwards is the squad's rebounding leader as she has collected 169 boards to average 8.9 per contest. She also leads the team in blocks with 29, along with a 51.1 shooting percentage. Whitny Edwards has been consistent for the Pirates all season as she averages 6.4 rebounds per game, and has added 31 steals and 38 assists. In addition to averaging 10.8 points per game, Stewart is the team leader in assists with 82. The senior point guard has been a major contributer as she has also posted 60 rebounds and 32 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 8.9 points per game and has collected 21 rebounds and eight steals. Redshirt sophomore Kyani White has grabbed 48 steals to lead the Pirates and average 2.5 steals per game. White has also added 5.7 points per game, 60 assists, and 1.9 rebounds per game.
Scouting The Knights
UCF enters the game against East Carolina with an overall record of 7-13 and is 1-5 in C-USA action. The Knights have been struggling as of late, losing five of their last six games. Their only win in conference play came at Memphis on January 27, when UCF defeated the Tigers, 70-65. Freshman guard Briahanna Jackson is the Knights scoring leader as she averages 15.1 points per game. Jackson also averages 5.4 rebounds per game to go along with 35 assists and a team-leading 66 steals. Senior guard Gevenia Carter is averaging 12.9 points per game, 3.2 boards per game, 61 assists and 50 steals, while redshirt senior forward Kayli Keough leads the Knights in rebounds per game with 7.8. Additionally Keough chips in 7.0 points per game, a team-best 22 blocks and 20 steals.
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 42-39 as the Pirates leader. Overall, Macy owns a 157-78 career record and is 93-44 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.
UCF: Joi Williams (USF, 1988) is in her sixth season as the head coach of the UCF women's basketball program in which she has led the Knights to the 2009 and 2011 NCAA Tournament after her squad claimed the Conference USA Championship in those years. In 2011, Williams helped the Knights to their most successful season in nearly three decades as she led UCF to a 22-11 record and claimed the program's second C-USA title with a 12-point win over defending champion Tulane in the final. During that season, her team complied an 11-game winning streak, which along with the 20-plus win season were the first by the program in 27 seasons. Williams came to UCF after four seasons as the head coach at Murray State where she led the Racers to a WNIT berth and the program's first 20-win season in 18 years.
On This Date in ECU Women's Basketball History
The East Carolina women's basketball team has played in 10 contests on February 3rd since the program's inception. The first game that took place on this date was in 1972, when ECU defeated Old Dominion, 49-43. Since then, the Pirates have recorded a 7-3 record on February 3rd, with their last contest taking place in 2011 at Marshall. In that game, the Pirates won the Thundering Herd, 61-43. ECU owns a 2-0 record on February 3rd when playing current C-USA opponents.
The National Spotlight
As a team, East Carolina ranks in the Top 50 in seven categories in NCAA Division I statistics. The Pirates are in seventh in steals per game (13.1), seventh in turnover margin (6.58), 36th in assists per game (15.7), 37th in scoring defense (54.3), 39th in three-point field goal defense (26.8), 48th in scoring margin (+10.7), and 49th in assist to turnover ratio (0.96). The NCAA ranks the top 250 student-athletes and three Pirates rank in five categories. Redshirt sophomore Kyani White ranks 44th in assists to turnover ratio (1.88) and 94th in steals per game (2.53). Senior Celeste Stewart ranks 83rd in assist to turnover ratio (1.58) and 91st in assists per game (4.3), while redshirt senior Britny Edwards ranks 85th in rebounds per game (8.9) and 95th in blocked shots per game. Whitny Edwards ranks 228th in three-point field goals per game as she averages 1.63.
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 seventh in career blocks with 74, while Celeste Stewart sits in ninth with 316 career assists.
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 388-259. 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 291 rebounds as Britny has collected 169 and Whitny has added 122. Britny is averaging 8.9 rebounds per game which ranks second in the conference. Additionally, she is tied for second in defensive rebounds (5.6) and tied for fourth in offensive rebounds (3.3) in Conference USA.
This season, the Pirates are outscoring their opponents 64.9 points per game to 54.3 to boast a scoring margin of +10.7, which ranks in the top 50 in the NCAA and second in Conference USA. A large part of the offense has come from seniors Whitny Edwards, Britny Edwards, and Celeste Stewart. Whitny is the Pirates' leading scorer as she averages 11.5 points per game. Britny is hot on her heels with an average of 11.3 points per contest, while Stewart averages 10.8 points per game. Additionally, Britny is leading the team with a 51.1-percent shooting clip to rank fourth in C-USA.
Pirates Plunder, Pillage, and Steal
Sophomore guard Kyani White has collected 48 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 seventh in Conference USA in steals per contest.
Thanks for the Assistance
Senior Celeste Stewart has dished out a team-leading 82 assists this season to average 4.3 assists per game which is good for third in Conference USA statistics. She is currently in ninth place in the ECU career record books with 316 in her career. Stewart is fifth in the conference in assists to turnover ratio with a mark of 1.6. Redshirt sophomore Kyani White has accumulated 60 assists on the season and she sets the standard in C-USA in assist to turnover ratio (1.9).
Redshirt senior Britny Edwards tied a career-high five blocks in the Pirates' season opener at William & Mary. This season, Edwards has posted a team-leading 29 blocks to average 1.5 blocks per game which is good 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. She is now ranked seventh on the all-time blocks list with a total of 74.
ECU as a Team in C-USA
As a team the Pirates lead Conference USA in two categories. East Carolina has set the standard in steals per game (13.1) and turnover margin (+6.6). The Pirates rank in the top five in 14 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. Redshirt sophomore Kyani White ranks leads the conference in assist to turnover ratio (1.9) and is seventh in steals per game (2.5). Redshirt senior Britny Edwards is ranked second in rebounds per game (8.9), tied for second in defensive rebounds per game (5.6), third in blocked shots per game (1.5), fourth in field goal percentage (51.1), and tied for fourth in offensive rebounds per game (3.3). Senior Celeste Stewart ranks third in assists per game as she averages 4.3 and fifth in assist to turnover ratio with a mark of 1.6. Redshirt senior Whitny Edwards is seventh in the conference in three-point field goals made as she averages 1.6 per game.
The Pirates hit the road again as they head to Houston to take on the Cougars on Thursday, February 7, at 8 p.m. (ET). The Pirates and the Cougars will face each other for the 12th time in program history and Houston leads the all-time series 9-2. Live stats will be available on ECUPirates.com.