IRVING, Texas – Senior guard LaCoya Terry and freshman center Jean Best earned recognition this week for the East Carolina women’s basketball team as Terry was named Conference USA Co-Player-of-the-Week while Best was selected Rookie-of-the-Week, according to an announcement by league officials Monday afternoon. It is the second such honor for both players this season and third of Terry’s career.
Terry led East Carolina to a pair of home wins over the league's top two teams in Southern Miss and UCF, averaging a team-best 20 points per game while also scoring the game-winning basket in overtime against the Knights. Additionally, she was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and 4-of-7 from three-point range in the two contests. With her 40 points over the weekend, Terry moved into fifth-place on the Lady Pirate career scoring ledger and is now the leading active scorer and 19th all-time in C-USA with 1,528 points. She matched her career single-game high with five steals against USM, while scoring 12 points in the squad’s 15-point comeback win. The Hepzibah, Ga. native shares this week’s honor with UTEP guard Jareica Hughes.
Best notched her first career double-double versus UCF, tying a personal best with 19 points while collecting 13 rebounds and four blocked shots, both new career standards for the freshman. The Wilson, N.C. native converted 10-of-14 field goal attempts, including 7-of-10 against the Knights, for a percentage of .714, keeping her league lead with a season mark of .606 (80-of-132). Best also grabbed three second-half rebounds on three-consecutive defensive stands against the Golden Eagles, which proved instrumental in the Lady Pirates' 15-point comeback. Best leads ECU in blocks with 33 and sits second among league freshmen in that statistic. The weekly selection is her second in the past four weeks.
The Lady Pirates will embark on their final C-USA road trip of the season this weekend, starting in Memphis on Friday. The contest with the Tigers is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET inside the Elma Roane Field House.