WILMINGTON, N.C. – Led by senior LaCoya Terry’s 15th-straight double-digit scoring effort, the East Carolina women’s basketball team picked up its first road win of the year, rallying past UNC Wilmington, 68-63, Sunday afternoon inside Trask Coliseum. The Lady Pirates improve to 5-3 overall while the Seahawks drop to 4-3 on the season.
ECU raced out of the gate, scoring the game’s first 11 points, including nine from senior LaCoya Terry before UNC Wilmington used a 17-9 run to close to within 20-17 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the half. The offense stalled for both teams from there, as the Seahawks used an 8-4 run over the next five minutes to assume a slight 25-24 advantage. UNC Wilmington pushed ahead the rest of the half, out-scoring East Carolina 9-6 to take a 34-30 lead into the break.
Terry and Greta Luksyte led their respective clubs in scoring in the first half with 11 and 9 each while senior Jasmine Young picked up six boards. Young also dished out four assists in the stanza. The Lady Pirates shot well in the first 20 minutes, firing at a 48.1 percent clip as compared to 34.4 for the Seahawks while also out-rebounding them 21-14.
UNC Wilmington took control in the first three minutes of the second half, using a 9-4 run to take its largest advantage of the game at 43-32. However, Terry scored five quick points, including a three-point play to draw within five, 51-46 with 12:20 left. With the Seahawks leading 54-51, sophomore Allison Spivey drilled a trey to finally tie the score and Terry would score four more off of two UNC Wilmington turnovers to give ECU its first lead since a 22-21 margin in the first half.
The Lady Pirates would stretch the advantage to 62-56 when sophomore Shuanda Ashford netted a three-pointer from the left side at the 4:39 mark. The Seahawks would get as close as three at 66-63 with 54 seconds left, but solid defense and clutch free throw shooting sealed the contest for East Carolina when sophomore Kim Gay recorded a steal and hit two from the charity stripe with 11 seconds left.
Terry paced the Lady Pirates in scoring again as she poured in 23 to go along with five boards. Young and sophomore Kim Gay also netted double figures with 11 and 10, respectively. ECU had the edge from the field (48.1-30.5) while UNC Wilmington edged the Lady Pirates on the glass (42-38).
East Carolina returns to Minges Coliseum for the first time since Nov. 29 when it hosts Gardner-Webb in a non-conference matchup. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.