TAMPA, Fla. - The East Carolina women's basketball team won its second-straight contest Saturday, taking a 103-59 win over Houston-Baptist in game one of the USF Shootout at the Sun Dome. The Lady Pirates are now 9-1 for the third time in program history and first since the 1971-72 season. Additionally, ECU scored over 100 points for the first time since a quadruple overtime loss to No. 24 TCU in 2004.
The 103 points matched the seventh-most in a single game in program history, as the team scored 103 in a 103-40 win over Appalachian State March 3, 1981. East Carolina has now scored at least 100 points in a game 18 times.
Every player on the 2009-10 roster scored in the contest, as senior transfer Caitlin Thys scored her first four points as a Lady Pirate.
ECU raced out to a 7-0 lead when Allison Spivey hit her 100th career three-pointer at the 18:50 mark, forcing a HBU timeout. The lead then stretched to 18-11 with 14:35 left in the period as seven Lady Pirates scored in the first five and a half minutes, including all five starters.
An 8-2 run put East Carolina ahead even further, as Kelly Smith recorded her seventh point on a free throw to make the score 26-13 at the second media timeout (11:52). More Lady Pirates put their names in the scorebook as the half drew to a close as the ECU advantage grew to 49-26 with 3:35 showing on the clock.
The teams matched each other with eight points the rest of the way as the Lady Pirates took a 57-34 advantage into the break.
Kelly Smith scored a team-high 10 points in the first half to lead the offense, while she also pulled down a team-best four rebounds. Additionally, Spivey and Ashley Clarke dished out three assists.
ECU torched the nets in the half, converting 62.9 percent of its attempts while Houston-Baptist fired at 39.3 percent. The Lady Pirates also enjoyed an 18-14 advantage on the glass.
The East Carolina lead stayed in the 20s at the 15:37 mark of the second half, 66-44, but the Huskies pulled within 19, 66-47, with a three-point play. However, the Lady Pirates responded right back with a 7-0 run that was capped off by a Spivey fast-break layup, making the score 73-47 with 12:19 remaining in the contest.
ECU put the game away for good over the next six minutes, outscoring Houston-Baptist 16-4 to assume an 89-51 lead with 6:52 left on the clock. A Celeste Stewart jumper put the Lady Pirates over the century mark as Shuanda Ashford capped off the scoring with a layup to make the final 103-59.
Three East Carolina players scored in double figures, led by Clarke's 15. Smith and Crystal Wilson added 14 and 10, respectively. Rookie Shala Hodges also produced her highest out-put as a Lady Pirate, scoring nine points. Ariana Jackson pulled down a team-best five rebounds, as every player on the roster recorded a rebound. Additionally, Spivey distributed a team-high six assists.
ECU shot the ball exceptionally well, making 40 of its 65 field goal attempts to shoot 61.5 percent, the second time this season that the team has reached the 60 percent mark (.600 against VCU). The Lady Pirates also held the edge on the glass, corralling 40 rebounds as opposed to 29 for the Huskies, as well as assists (28-6) and steals (21-9).
East Carolina fared well in the miscellaneous statistics as well, scoring 51 points in the paint, 47 off of turnovers, 19 on the fast break and 58 off the bench. The Lady Pirates also forced 33 HBU turnovers.
ECU returns to the court tomorrow, taking on either tournament host South Florida or North Carolina Central at 2 p.m. in the championship game of the USF Shootout at the Sun Dome.