GREENVILLE, N.C. – The ECU women's basketball team (9-8, 1-3) defeated Tulsa (8-9, 2-2) 73-67 in the Pirates first American Athletic Conference victory of the season. Eighth-year head coach Heather Macy is now ECU’s all-time program wins leader with 127 victories.
Junior Destiny Campbell led ECU in scoring for the third time this season. Campbell recorded her first double-double with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow junior Salita Greene shot 5-of-8 from the field and finished with 16 points. Ariyana Williams and Alex Frazier each reached double-figures with 11 points and 10 points, respectively.
ECU used their largest scoring run of the season, 14-0, to take an early lead in the first quarter. The Pirates ended the first quarter shooting 62.5 percent on 10-of-16 from the field, which put the purple and gold ahead by 11.
Tulsa’s 6-0 scoring run to start the second quarter was followed by the Golden Hurricane not recording a point for over four minutes. ECU would close the first half leading by seven points.
With 1:55 left in the game, a Golden Hurricane layup gave Tulsa the lead at 65-63. The two teams traded baskets back and forth in the penultimate minute of the game. In the final minute, ECU forced Tulsa into 5 turnovers and would go a 9-0 scoring run to secure the victory.
Tulsa now leads the all-time series 10-9, while Macy is now 7-5 all-time against the Golden Hurricane.
ECU (9-8, 1-3), Tulsa (8-9, 2-2)
Macy's opening statement
"It’s Just a really good team win. So, proud of the kids and their response. Again, there was a little bit of adversity that we fought through, but our leadership is really starting to step up. From the point guard play, and from Campbell especially, and the way that she is really carrying the scoring load for us.”
Macy on becoming the all-time wins leader
“My total focus is on helping this team be as good as it can be, at every single moment. I do acknowledge the fact that we’ve had incredible players that have been involved in this program. We’ve had incredible coaches that have come through, and have worked incredibly hard to make this possible, so this is not an individual thing for me. I think it’s a collation of a lot of factors and play and a ton of support, community support, and administrative support. It takes a lot of moving parts to do something of this nature.”
Destiny Campbell on coach Macy
“She does such a good job and we all look up to her. She’s very passionate, and that’s what we all need as players. I really appreciate her.”
News and Notes
• Macy is now ECU’s all-time program leader in wins with 127 victories.
• Destiny Campbell recorded her first double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds).
• Tonight’s game marks the fifth time this season that four Pirates scored in double-figures.
• ECU led for 35:03 of the game’s 40 minutes.
• ECU shot 46 percent from the field, marking the third highest percentage from a single game this season.
• Tulsa leads the all-time series 10-9.
• Coach Macy is 7-5 all-time against the Golden Hurricane.
ECU will take its furthest trip west when the Pirates visit SMU on Saturday, Jan 13 at 3 p.m. (EST) from Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.