GREENVILLE, N.C. -A balanced attack by the Lady Pirates led to a 66-51 win over UMass Saturday evening in the consolation game of the Lady Pirate Invitational at Minges Coliseum, snapping a four-game losing skid. Nine players scored for ECU, with three scoring in double figures, including Jasmine Young who recorded her first career double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. East Carolina improves to 2-4 on the year, while Massachusetts drops to 2-3.
UMass jumped out to the early 7-4 lead on a Kate Mills three-pointer, with 14:20 on the clock. Kim Benton's three-pointer at the 11:33 mark extended the Minutewomen's lead out to six, 12-6, but Lauren Cochran's layup on the next possession cut the lead down to four. Young's shot from behind the arc at the 8:53 mark pulled ECU within three, 14-11. Tiahana Bowen's putback cut the UMass lead to one, 14-13, just before the under eight minute media timeout. Gabriela Husarova's jumper at the 6:05 mark gave East Carolina its first lead of the game, 15-14. After a six minute scoring drought, Sakera Young hit a layup to retake the lead, 16-15, with under four minutes remaining in the half. Sparked by a pair of Allison Spivey free throws, ECU went on a 10-3 run, taking the 25-19 lead into the break.
UMass answered the ECU run in the beginning of the second half, going on an 8-2 spurt, to cut the Lady Pirate lead to three, 30-27, with 16:43 on the clock. Mills' jumper with 13:20 to play in the contest tied the game at 37 a-piece, but a Spivey trey put ECU back up 40-37. A Nicole Days three point play extended ECU's lead to six, 45-39, with 9:25 to play. Husarova's trey with 8:45 on the clock made it a nine point, 48-39, Lady Pirate lead. Young's steal and layup gave East Carolina its largest lead of the game, 50-39, forcing UMass to call a thirty second timeout. The Lady Pirates led by as many as 17, enjoying the 56-39 advantage with just under seven minutes to play in the contest. UMass went on a 7-0 run over the next minute and a half to pull within 10, 56-46, with five and a half minutes to play, but could not get any closer, as the Lady Pirates went on to win 66-51.
Young led all scorers 18 points and a season-high 10 assists. Spivey tied her personal-best with 14 points and two rebounds while LaCoya Terry added 12 points and seven rebounds. Mills and Rosanio led the Minutewomen with 13 points each, while Teya Wright had a team-high seven rebounds.
East Carolina hits the road on Wednesday, Nov. 28 as the Lady Pirates travel to Boone, N.C. to face Appalachian State. Tip-off from the Holmes Center is set for 7:00 p.m.
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