MIAMI, Fla. - The East Carolina women's basketball team fell in a close contest to Marist on Monday evening, 62-58, inside the US Century Bank Arena in Miami, Fla. The Lady Pirates had a four-game winning streak snapped, falling to 8-4 on the season while the Red Foxes improve to 10-1 overall.
Marist jumped on top 1:18 into the game when Rachele Fitz hit a mid-range jumper. The Red Foxes would stretch their lead to 6-2 at the 17:14 mark, but ECU five-straight points by senior Jasmine Young gave the Lady Pirates their first lead of the contest at 9-8. East Carolina pushed the margin even further, scoring five more consecutive points to cap a 10-0 run and assume a 14-8 advantage. However, Marist ripped off seven-straight to re-take the lead at 15-14. The teams would fight point-for-point the rest of the half as the Lady Pirates edged ahead 31-30 at the break.
Young led all scorers at the break with 15 points while also dishing out a team-high three assists. Her first assist of the contest gave her sole possession of second-place on the Conference USA career assist ledger. Sophomore Kim Gay and senior LaCoya Terry shared the top rebounding mark, each corralling five boards.
ECU held the advantage from the floor in the half, shooting at a 43.3 percent clip as compared to 32.4 percent for the Red Foxes. The Lady Pirates also held a slim advantage on the glass, enjoying a 23-21 margin. However, Marist committed only four turnovers while East Carolina produced nine.
The Red Foxes pushed ahead at the 15:29 mark, assuming a 37-34 lead. Continuous action highlighted the next six minutes, as the Lady Pirates used a 12-9 run to knot the score at 46. After a quick two minutes of play, Gay put ECU ahead with a layup off the glass to give the Lady Pirates a 50-48 advantage. East Carolina would stretch its lead to 56-51 with three minutes remaining, but Marist knotted the score and hit key free throws down the stretch to escape with the four-point victory.
Young produced her first 20 point-effort of the season to lead all scorers in the contest while Terry paced the squad on the glass, picking up eight rebounds. Additionally, Young distributed a team-high six assists.
The Lady Pirates fired at a 40.0 clip from the field, out-shooting Marist's mark of 35.1. However, ECU was just 1-for-13 from the charity stripe in a season-low effort.
The Lady Pirates return to the FIU Sun and Fun Classic in the consolation contest against host Florida International tomorrow. The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. inside the US Century Bank Arena.