Lady Pirates To Unveil Championship Banner Sunday

East Carolina University

East Carolina's women's basketball team will have the distinct pleasure of celebrating its 2007 Conference USA Tournament Title by unveiling its championship banner that will forever hang in Minges Coliseum this Sunday afternoon prior to the game against North Carolina State.

The 2006-07 East Carolina women's basketball team made history when they won the Conference USA Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma last season. The Championship was the first in program history since joining C-USA. The Lady Pirates used a 10-game winning streak to give them an opening round bye and propel them to the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener's squad defeated SMU and held off a pesky UAB team to face Rice in the Championship game. Led by C-USA Tournament MVP LaCoya Terry, the Lady Pirates defeated the Owls 79-70, earning their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 25 years.

"We are really looking forward and are excited about the hanging of the banner in Minges Coliseum," Coach Baldwin-Tener explained. "The C-USA Championship is something that was a goal of ours when we came to ECU five years ago. There are a lot of people and players that made this championship possible. It was a goal of ours to hang a banner and is still our goal every year to push even harder and hopefully hang more banners in the years to come."

Prior to the banner unveiling, Chancellor Steve Ballard, his wife Nancy, Director of Athletics Terry Holland and East Carolina Women's Head Basketball Coach Sharon Baldwin Tener will present N.C. State Head Coach Kay Yow, a 1964 alumnae of East Carolina, with a medal commemorating her selection as one of the "100 Incredible Women of ECU". Coach Yow is one of the most admired and respected coaches on the national and international scenes, and has also proven that she is a champion in the battle against breast cancer.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early for these special presentations. Also, fans who present their ticket stub from Saturday evening's men's basketball game against the Wolfpack will be admitted free to Sunday's contest.