Lady Pirates Set To Host CPW's/Atavola's Lady Pirate Invitational
Greenville, N.C. - The East Carolina women's basketball team will look to snap a four-game losing streak Saturday, Dec. 4 when the host Stephen F. Austin in the second game (3 p.m.) of the CPW's/Atavola's Lady Pirate Invitational. Nationally ranked Baylor and Jackson State open the tournament at 1 p.m. inside Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum.
About the Pirates:
East Carolina (1-4) will look to snap a four game losing streak on the season. The Pirates are led in scoring by senior guard Jennifer Jackson, who recorded her first double-double of the season against Savannah State with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Senior's Shanita Sutton and Soraya Hellaby have been a strong presence in the front court for ECU as Sutton is averaging nine points and six boards a game, whille Hellaby is averaging six points and has hit 50 percent of her shots from the floor.
About Stephen F. Austin:
Junior forward LaToya Mills leads the Ladyjack (1-1) basketball team in scoring with an average of 9.3 points per game. Reserve foward Britany Vinson collected a team-high 17 points in the first win of the season against Illinois State, 66-60. SFA and the Pirates will meet for the first time ever when they square off in the second game of the tournament on Saturday, Dec. 4.
The nationally ranked Bears (No. 9/ 11) have won four straight games after falling to LSU, 71-70, in the first game of the State Farm Tip-Off Classic. Preseason Naismith Trophy Candidate Steffanie Blackmon is averaging 16.8 points a game, while Sophia Young is averaging a double-double on the young season with 16.2 ppg and 10.0 rpg.
About Jackson State:
The Lady Tigers (1-1) come into the tournament off a 53-47 win over Radford and have three players averaging double-figures. Forward Shante Stanford recorded 10 points and six rebounds against Radford and is averageing 12.0 points on the season.
The Pirates will play at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 against either Baylor or Jackson State.