MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jessica Hall’s 21 points led Memphis to a 69-50 victory over East Carolina Saturday afternoon at Elma Roane Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Memphis. With the win, the Tigers improve to 4-12, 1-2 in Conference USA action while the Lady Pirates fall to 6-10, 0-3 in league play.
Memphis jumped out to the early 6-1 lead on two straight three pointers from Jessica Hall. The Lady Pirates, sparked by a Gabriela Husarova jumper, went on a 9-0 run to take the 10-6 lead with 15:30 on the clock. LaToya Bullard’s layup triggered a 7-0 spurt by Memphis, giving the Tigers the 13-10 advantage at the 14:18 mark. The two teams traded baskets over the next five minutes before a pair of free throws by Aroha Jennings and one by Savannah Ellis put the Tigers up one, 20-19, with 8:51 to play in the half. Tiahana Bowens layup at the 6:50 mark sparked an 8-0 run by the Lady Pirates, giving ECU the 28-20 lead with under five minutes remaining in the period. The Tigers responded, going on a 14-0 run to end the half, taking the six point, 34-28 lead into the lockerroom at the break.
Memphis extended its lead to 11 coming out of the break, 39-28. Terry’s basket with 18:42 on the clock cut the Tiger lead down to nine, 39-30. Hall’s fourth three-pointer of the game combined with a Jennings basket extended the Memphis lead to 14, 48-34, with 13:40 to play. ECU scored four straight points to pull within ten, 48-38, with 12:24 on the clock. Four unanswered points by the Tigers upped their lead to 14, but a Terry jumper cut it back down to 12, 52-40, with less than ten minutes remaining. Bowens’ jumper at the 7:16 mark once again pulled East Carolina within 12, 56-44. The Tigers held the Lady Pirates scoreless over the next five minutes, putting together a 12-0 run, extending their lead to 24, 68-44, with just 2:28 remaining in the contest. An Allison Spivey trey ended the ECU drought, cutting the Tiger lead to 21, with two minutes to play. Memphis coasted to the 69-50 victory.
Hall led all scorers with 21 points, going 5-for-6 from behind the arc. Jennings and Bullard each added 14 poitns, while Leonard pitched in 11. Spivey led the Lady Pirates with a career-high 15 points. Lauren Cochran added eight points.
The Lady Pirates return to Minges Coliseum for the first time in over a month as they host SMU on Jan. 18. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. ECU will remain at home on Sun., Jan. 20 as it welcomes Tulsa to Greenville for a 2:00 p.m. tip.