WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – A trio of Pirates scored in double-figures, led by Whitny Edwards’ 16 points, to defeat William & Mary, 68-62, at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Va., on Friday evening.
East Carolina (1-0) tallied 19 steals and 17 assists in the six-point victory. William & Mary (0-1) finished the game shooting 39.1-percent from the field and 21.1-percent in three-point field goals.
In addition to Whitny Edwards’ 16 points, the redshirt senior recorded nine rebounds, three steals and two assists. Kyani White and Britny Edwards contributed 12 points apiece, while White added a team-high seven steals. White, a redshirt sophomore, finished the game with four assists and three boards. Britny Edwards amassed six rebounds, a team-high five blocks and an assist.
In the first half, the Pirates converted 14-of-34 field goals and shot 60-percent from beyond the arc. Whitny Edwards was on point as she drained four treys and finished the half with 14 points. In addition, she tallied six rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Redshirt sophomore Kyani White recorded double figures in the first half as she recorded 10 points, with two boards, a pair of assists and two steals.
The Pirates started out the game with a 4-0 lead on back-to-back buckets by Britny Edwards. East Carolina held a slight advantage through the first seven minutes when William & Mary began to mount a comeback. The Tribe evened the score at 12 on a three-pointer off the hands of Kyla Kerstetter, however, the Pirates were quick to counter with a White triple to regain the lead (15-12). The two teams battled each other exchanging points until back-to-back threes from Whitny Edwards put ECU up by four (30-26). The Pirates closed out the half with a six-point advantage, taking a 36-30 lead into the locker room.
Freshman Colleen Marshall came off the bench in the second half and tallied nine points with four rebounds, three assists and a block to lead the Pirates. East Carolina came out of the locker room and took an eight-point advantage (42-36) after a three consecutive buckets. The visitors led by as many as 10 points (53-43) after senior Celeste Stewart drained a three with 9:06 left in the game. Stewart would finish the contest with six points, a half-dozen assists, four rebounds and as many steals. East Carolina held the lead throughout the second half and eventually took the game, 68-62.
William & Mary was led by Emily Correal as the senior poured in 24 points and registered 21 rebounds for a double-double. Other top scorers for the Tribe include Jazmen Boone and Kerstetter who recorded 14 and 10 points off the bench, respectively.
East Carolina will be back in action Sunday, Nov. 11, for the Pirates’ home opener at Minges Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. Both live stats and video will be available on ECUPirates.com.