Senior LaCoya Terry led a trio of double-figure scorers for the East Carolina women’s basketball team as it defeated Appalachian State, 80-75, Tuesday night inside Minges Coliseum. The Lady Pirates improve to 2-0 on the young season while the Mountaineers fall to 0-2. Appalachian State lost to both of its scheduled Conference USA opponents, dropping another close contest to ECU rival Marshall to begin the season.
Young gave the Lady Pirates a quick 3-0 advantage with a trey just 20 seconds into the game. But the Mountaineers answered with a 7-2 run to assume a 7-5 lead at the 17:24 mark. East Carolina took back the lead just after the second media timeout when freshman Jean Best put in two free throws to make the score 20-17. The Lady Pirates would maintain that three-point advantage and extend it with just under eight minutes left in the first stanza, when junior Lauren Cochran connected on two shots from the charity stripe to extend the ECU lead to 26-21. Appalachian State would respond over the next two minutes, however, scoring six straight to assume an advantage of its own, 27-26. Down by one, the Lady Pirates would outscore the Mountaineers 10-8 the rest of the half, taking a 36-34 lead into the break.
Just as in the first stanza on Friday, Terry scored in double figures with 13 on 5-of-10 shooting. Young had another solid half, dishing out four assists while sophomore Kim Gay pushed her season rebounding total to 12 with six in the period. ECU fired at a decent clip from the field, making 12-of-30 shots for a mark of .400. Appalachian State owned the boards, out-rebounding the Lady Pirates 33-16.
Frances Hernandez gave the Mountaineers a 37-36 lead just 32 seconds into the half but Young answered back with a layup to give East Carolina the lead back. However, Hernandez connected on a three-pointer and was fouled a minute later. She made the free throw, giving Appalachian State a 45-40 advantage. A 13-7 run by the Lady Pirates gave them a slight 53-52 lead with 13:15 left, but the Mountaineers would hang around and knot the score at 64 with just under six minutes remaining.
After ECU earned a 71-68 advantage on a Terry layup with 3:57 left, Hernandez drilled a three to tie the score. Terry used another layup with 2:10 remaining, scoring her 30th point of the contest to put the Lady Pirates ahead by two. With East Carolina leading by three with a minute remaining, the Lady Pirates went 4-for-4 from the line and received a Terry layup to put the game away. Sam Ramirez hit a jumper at the buzzer to make the final score 80-75 in favor of ECU.
Terry had a near-career night, scoring 34 points, just one off of her career high set at UAB last season, on 13-for-20 shooting. Young and Best also reached double-digits, with 13 and 12-point efforts, respectively. Gay led the Lady Pirates on the glass, corralling nine boards. Terry nearly completed a double-double, as she produced seven rebounds. East Carolina also shared the ball well, as five Lady Pirates recorded four or more assists.
The Lady Pirates close out a three-game season-opening homestand on Friday, when they welcome Presbyterian to Minges Coliseum. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.