COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The East Carolina women's basketball team had no answer for the three-point shooting of Maryland Sunday, dropping an 87-52 decision in the second round of the WNIT at the Comcast Center.
The Lady Pirates end the season at 23-11, falling just one win short of tying the single-season program record. Meanwhile, the Terrapins improve to 21-12 and advance to face the winner of the Old Dominion-Providence matchup in the third round.
Kim Rodgers had the touch for Maryland in the first four seven minutes, nailing three triples to stake the Terps to a 15-11 advantage. After hitting five of their first eight shots, ECU then went cold, as Maryland put together a 12-2 run to go ahead 27-13 at the 7:51 mark. Rodgers continued to fire from beyond the arc, taking advantage of many open looks to hit three more three-pointers and give the Terps a 40-25 lead with 3:28 remaining in the half. Lori Bjork capped off the dazzling three-point assault with eight seconds showing, making the score 53-31 at the half.
Kim Gay paced the Lady Pirates in the first 20 minutes with 12 points while also registering a team-high four rebounds. Rodgers and Bjork combined to go 8-for-16 from beyond the arc to lead Maryland at 17 and 15 points, respectively.
The Terrpains shot 48.6 percent in the period, while recording 47.4 efficiency in three-point shooting as they held ECU to 40.7 percent from the field. Maryland also held the edge on the glass 23-16 while picking up nine offensive rebounds.
The Terps extended the advantage in the first ten minutes of the second half, taking a 69-41 lead with 10:50 left in the contest. The Lady Pirates would come no closer than 21 the rest of the way but all 12 players on the active roster, all but one of which return next season, received game experience.
Gay finished the tilt with a team-high 15 points while matching Ashley Clarke with six rebounds. Gay also drained three triples. Clarke registered five assists to bring her season total to 170.
East Carolina struggled from the field, hitting just 29 percent of its shots, while Maryland nailed 33 of its 73 attempts for a 45.2 percent showing. The Terps also dominated the glass, outrebounding the Lady Pirates 55-35.
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