GREENVILLE, N.C. – The ECU women's basketball team (8-5) finished non-conference play with a 64-54 home win over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (3-9). Eighth-year head coach Heather Macy has now tied Sharon Baldwin-Tener (2002-2010) as the program’s all-time leader with 126 victories at ECU.
Junior Destiny Campbell led the Pirates offense with 14 points. Senior Thais Oliveira recorded her second double-double of the year with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Ariyana Williams notched her 10th consecutive game scoring in double digits as the freshman finished with 13 points.
Both teams started slowly in the opening quarter before ECU’s offense exploded for 20 points in the second. The Pirates went on a 12-3 scoring run to open the second quarter and also held the Hawks without a field goal for 5:30 minutes. The Pirates outscored the Hawks 20-7 in the second and led by 11 at the half.
Maryland Eastern Shore cut the deficit to seven points with 6:40 left in the final quarter. Following an ECU timeout at the 6:15 mark, junior guard Alex Frazier knocked down a jump shot that pushed the lead to nine and the Pirates would hold on in the final minutes to close non-conference play with a 10-point victory.
The Pirates lead the all-time series 3-0 following Thursday’s night’s meeting.
ECU (8-5), Maryland Eastern Shore (3-9)
Macy's on Tying ECU’s all-time win’s record
“You know what, I’m not paying much attention to that. I just want to go and win the next game, but we’ve obviously had a lot of good players here and that’s resulted in the number of wins I’ve gotten since I’ve been here.”
On closing out non-conference
“I think it was a good non-conference win to help prepare us. I’m thankful for this game before conference play with the way we started that first quarter. I think we needed that to knock off the Christmas rust a little bit. The one day prep, we’ve kind of been prepping for that game so it won’t just be the one day and I’m looking forward to having Cincinnati in here Saturday.”
On Thais Olivera’s play
“Thais is hard on herself. She’s doing a heck of a job and things that aren’t showing up in the box scores. She’s making winning plays over and over. She’s been doing amazing for us. We’re looking forward to getting her for the next couple months.”
Thais Oliveira on Coach Macy’s record-tying win
“Just like her, I had no clue this was coming, but I’m pretty sure she doesn’t really care that much. She cares, but not really. She has bigger plans for this program and I’m pretty sure she is going to accomplish them soon.”
News and Notes
• Macy is now tied with Sharon Baldwin-Tener (2002-2010) as ECU’s all-time leader in wins with 126.
• Destiny Campbell led the Pirates in scoring for the second time with 14 points.
• Thais Oliveira posted her second (team’s fourth) double-double of the season.
• Ariyana Williams has now recorded double-figures in 10 consecutive games.
• ECU recorded a season-high 53 rebounds.
• ECU improved to 3-0 all-time against Maryland Eastern Shore.
• The Pirates have closed non-conference with an 8-5 record.
ECU opens American Athletic Conference play against Cincinnati on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m. from Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.