ECU Looks To Rebound In Home Opener
Nov. 12, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - After suffering a 58-43 loss in its season opener at the College of Charleston, East Carolina looks to notch its first victory of the 2011-12 campaign as it begins its home schedule against St. Andrew's Presbyterian College. Tipoff at Minges Coliseum is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Despite the setback Friday, junior transfer forward Britny Edwards (University of Virginia) produced a fine debut for the Pirates by scoring nine points and pulling down 13 rebounds - just one point shy of a double-double. Classmate Shala Hodges contributed eight points with a career-high six of them netted at the free-throw line. Playing some tenacious defense, freshman Janesha Ebron snatched four steals while also hitting one of ECU's two three-point field goals.
The Pirates shot an uncharacteristic 25 percent from the floor and were out-rebounded 49-39 with many of the Cougars' boards occurring late and with forwards Tatiana Chapple and Chareya Smith sitting out with foul trouble. ECU did force 28 turnovers but gave it away 24 times itself.
All 10 players who entered the game for East Carolina scored at least two points, had a rebound and played double-digit minutes with graudate Bryelle Smith and junior Celeste Stewart sharing the team high with 27 minutes.
St. Andrew's opens its season with Sunday's contest after going 0-24 last season. The Knights will deal with the loss of their top two scorers from the 2010-11 campaign in Natia Gasque and Natalie Whitman who averaged 11.0 and 10.1 points per game, respectively, as Whitman also paced the squad with 8.2 rebounds an outing.
THE SERIES: ST. ANDREW'S
EAST CAROLINA AGAINST CONFERENCE CAROLINAS
STRUGGLING AT THE START LATELY
ON THEIR WAY TO SEE THE PIRATES PLAY
PAY ATTENTION DOWN THERE AT THE END
UP NEXT FOR EAST CAROLINA