ECU Closes Homestand Against Massachusetts

UABSPORTS.COM Kim Gay leads the Pirates in scoring and rebounding through five games.
Kim Gay leads the Pirates in scoring and rebounding through five games.

Nov. 28, 2010

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East Carolina Women's Basketball Gameday Central

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina closes the Ninth-Annual Pirate Invitational Sunday, facing Massachusetts at Minges Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

ECU is 2-0 against the Minutewomen, most recently defeating Massachusetts 66-51 during the memorable 2006-07 season. The contest was also part of the Sixth-Annual Lady Pirate Invitational.

The Pirates are 2-3 entering the contest and dropped a 76-60 decision to No. 23 Maryland in the tournament opener Friday.

Junior Ashley Clarke fell one steal short of a double-double, recording 12 points to go along with a career-best nine steals - six in the second half alone. She was one of three players in double figures as Kim Gay and Shala Hodges also put in 12 each. Celeste Stewart distributed the ball well, recording five of the Pirates' nine assists while Gay was stellar from the line, hitting eight of her nine attempts - both numbers representing single-game personal highs.

The Terps dominated the paint and the boards, scoring 46 points down low while holding a 58-31 advantage on the glass. Maryland tallied 29 offensive rebounds to produce 23 second chance points. ECU did force 26 turnovers, 15 of them by way of steals while coughing up possession 16 times. Additionally, for the first time this season, the Pirate bench was outscored, albeit by a 26-25 margin.



Both teams struggled from the line, with Maryland connecting on just 50 percent (17-for-34) as compared to a 65-percent showing for the home team (19-for-29). The Terps entered the contest as the best free-throw shooting team in the ACC. The teams also combined for a 4-for-26 performance from beyond the arc, with East Carolina making three of those triples.

The Minutewomen suffered an 82-50 loss to Maryland yesterday in the second game of the tournament.

For a third-straight contest, senior and Greenville native Megan Zullo led UMass in scoring, totaling 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting from three-point range. Senior Cerie Mosgrove followed with nine points and corralled four rebounds while junior Emilie Teuscher registered eight points and grabbed two steals. Sophomore Shakia Robinson paced the Minutewomen with six rebounds and recorded six points, four assists and two steals.

The Minutewomen shot 8-for-21 (38.1%) in the second half, including 7-for-13 (53.8%) from beyond the arc to finish the day at 33.3% from the field (16-for-48), while making 9-of-18 (50%) at the free throw line. Maryland shot 54.1% overall (14-for-25), 2-for-9 (22.2%) from three and 14-for-25 (56%) at the free throw line. The Terps out-rebounded UMass, 47-25, led in points in the paint, 48-8 and second chance points, 22-7.

After Sunday's tilt with Massachusetts, the Pirates will play two of their next three affairs on the road, beginning with a game against VCU in Richmond Dec. 2.