COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A long scoring drought in the first half proved fatal for East Carolina Wednesday as No. 19 Delaware posted a 60-40 victory at the Comcast Center in the second game of the Terrapin Classic. The Pirates fall to 6-5 overall while the Blue Hens remain unbeaten at 10-0.
Sophomore Katie Paschal scored a team-best eight points, matching her career high. On the glass, Britny Edwards corralled nine rebounds to go along with six points. Four ECU players recorded a blocked shot as the teams matched each other with four apiece.
A cold 26-percent performance from the floor doomed the Pirates in the game, despite shooting 44 percent in the second half. Delaware held the upper hand on the glass at 55-34, including 17 offensive rebounds off which it scored 13 second-chance points. East Carolina committed just 12 turnovers in the contest but the Blue Hens limited themselves to just 10. ECU did have an advantage in bench play, scoring 24 points as compared to nine for UD.
Delaware scored the first nine points of the contest and would take an 11-2 lead into the first official timeout. The Pirates' offensive struggles continued over the next four minutes as the Blue Hens moved in front 19-3 at the 11:24 mark when Danielle Parker hit a short jumper.
Katie Paschal put in a layup with 4:16 remaining in the period to snap 12:23 scoring drought, as the Blue Hens jumped out to a 30-7 advantage. Delaware would out-score ECU 5-3 in the remaining time to assume a 35-10 cushion at the break.
East Carolina converted just three field goals in the half on 27 attempts, shooting 11 percent, while the Blue Hens dropped in 14 of their 39 tries for 36 percent. Delaware also held a 33-19 advantage on the glass, due in part to the Pirates' shooting woes. Elena Delle Donne paced the Blue Hens with 12 points and eight rebounds. As for East Carolina, Tatiana Chapple and Janesha Ebron posted three points each to complement six boards by Britny Edwards.
The ECU offensive effort showed some life as the second half began, as Bryelle Smith hit a triple to make the score 43-21 at the 13:47 mark. Paschal then drained one of her own to keep the Pirates within shouting distance at 56-35 as the clock ticked under seven minutes. ECU would cut the deficit to under 20 when Chareya Smith knocked down a free throw to bring the score to 58-39 before Vanessa Kabongo hit a jumper to account for the final 20-point margin.
The Pirates will close out the Terrapin Classic tomorrow with a contest against Lafayette. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 at the Comcast Center.
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