GREENVILLE, N.C. –Led by Quanitra Hollingsworth’s 29th career double-double, VCU defeated East Carolina 64-53 Saturday afternoon at Minges Coliseum. The loss snaps a two-game win streak for the Lady Pirates, putting them at 3-5 on the year, while the Rams improve to 5-0 on the year.
The Lady Pirates jumped out to the early 15-4 lead, sparked by two straight Jasmine Young three-pointers. VCU cut the lead to eight, 15-7, before a LaCoya Terry trey put ECU back up 18-7, with 12:17 to play in the half. LaTavia Rorie’s jumper at the 9:23 mark cut the Lady Pirate lead down to eight, 20-12. VCU’s Radoslava Bacharova hit a three-pointer to pull the Rams within five, 20-15, with six minutes to play in the half. VCU held East Carolina scoreless for over five minutes before Shana Franks connected on a pair of free throws to increase the ECU lead back out to seven, 22-15. A Hollingsworth three-point play pulled the Rams within four, 22-18, with 4:49 on the clock. A pair of D’Andra Moss free throws cut the ECU lead to two before Hollingsworth’s basket at the 2:57 mark tied the game at 22 a-piece. VCU took its first lead of the game, 24-22, on a Hollingsworth layup with 1:58 to play before the half. After a Terry free throw tied the game with 27.3 to play, Impris Manning drove to the basket and hit a layup to give ECU the 26-24 lead at the break.
VCU opened the second half on a 12-0 run, taking the ten-point, 36-26 lead, with 15:23 remaining in the game. Terry’s bucket at the 15:08 mark was the first Lady Pirate basket of the half, pulling ECU to within eight, 36-28. Young’s fast break layup off an Allison Spivey steal pulled the Lady Pirates within six, 36-30, with 13:53 remaining. Terry’s pull up jumper with 12:03 on the clock cut the VCU lead down to six, but a jumper by Bacharova pulled the lead back out to eight, 42-34. Terry once again cut the lead down to six, this time with 11:32 to play, making the score 42-36. Four straight points from Krystal Vaughn extended the Rams lead to eight, 46-38, with 7:40 remaining. Tiahana Bowens’ basket on the next possession pulled ECU to within six, 46-40, but the Lady Pirates could not get any closer, as VCU went on to win,
Hollingsworth led all scorers with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Young led ECU with 16 points while Terry added 12 points and seven rebounds. The Lady Pirates committed 25 turnovers and VCU took complete advantage of ECU’s miscues, scoring 21 points off the turnovers.
East Carolina will have the week off for exams before hosting in-state rival North Carolina State on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:00 p.m.
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