Lady Pirates Host UNC Wilmington Thursday
Nov. 18, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's basketball team looks to make it three-straight victories to start the 2009-10 season, entertaining rival UNC Wilmington Thursday at 7 p.m. at Minges Coliseum.
The Lady Pirates are coming off of a 70-59 non-conference win over 2009 Southern Conference champion Western Carolina last Sunday. In the contest, sophomore guard Ashley Clarke enjoyed her second-straight 20-point performance, netting 20 to compliment the 22 she scored against Charlotte on Friday. Sophomore Chareya Smith was the other ECU player to reach double-figures, setting a new career high with 11. She also paced the Lady Pirates on the glass, picking up a personal-high seven rebounds. Additionally, junior Allison Spivey led the team with five steals, a career high, and five assists.
ECU shot the ball well for the second-straight game, making 27 of 56 attempts from the field for a percentage of 48.6 as compared to 41.7 for WCU. The Lady Pirates were also solid from the charity stripe, knocking down 72.7 percent of their tries. East Carolina fared well on the glass, out-rebounding the visitors 37-29 while picking up 10 offensive boards.
Last season, the Lady Pirates rallied for a 68-63 win over the Seahawks at Trask Coliseum, as then senior LaCoya Terry netted 23 points to lead the offense. Additionally, current junior Kim Gay picked up 10 points and six rebounds in the contest.
THE SERIES: UNC WILMINGTON
East Carolina and UNC Wilmington meet today for the 48th time in a series that dates back to 1978. The Lady PIrates hold a 28-19 advantage and have won five of the last seven meetings. However, the Seahawks have taken three of the last four affairs with three of those contests occurring in Wilmington at Trask Coliseum. ECU was a charter member of the Colonial Athletic Association and played UNCW 34 times while the two schools were conference mates.
EAST CAROLINA AGAINST THE CAA
LADY PIRATES VERSUS THEIR FELLOW TAR HEELS
JUST AS GOOD, AND BETTER
IT'S BEEN A WHILE
FIRST TO 30...FIELD GOALS
NICE NON-CONFERENCE NOTE East Carolina has always regarded non-conference games as a chance to get better before heading into the rigors of C-USA play. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Lady Pirates have recently excelled in those affairs. In its last 15 non-league games, ECU has produced a record of 11-4 (.733). The four losses, to VCU, North Carolina A&T, Virigina and Marist, all occurred during the 2008-09 season and all four teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
TWO FOR 20
BENCH IS NOT BAD
FIRING AT 50