For the second time in three games, the Lady Pirates played extra basketball, and for the second time fell short, this time in a 73-68 loss to SMU Friday evening at Minges Coliseum. Allison Spivey had her first career double-double in the loss, scoring a personal best 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. SMU improves to 13-4, 3-1 in C-USA action while the Lady Pirates fall to 6-11, 0-4 in league play.
The Lady Pirates opened the game on a 7-0 run, capped by a Jasmine Young trey with 17:15 on the clock. Three straight three-pointers from Samuels pulled SMU within two, 11-9, with 15:45 remaining. ECU extended its lead on an 11-2 run, sparked by an Allison Spivey three-pointer, taking the 22-11 lead at the 13:55 mark. Jillian Samuels’ three-point basket put the Mustangs back on top, 26-25 with 5:27 to play in the half, capping an 11-0 run. ECU answered, as Lauren Cochran’s jumper at the 4:56 mark snapped a nearly six minute scoring drought by the Lady Pirates, taking back the lead, 27-26. After a Janielle Dodds layup put the Mustangs back on top by a point, it was ECU that scored nine unanswered points, retaking the lead, 36-28, with 2:19 on the clock. Two quick baskets by Brittany Gilliam made the halftime score 36-32 in favor of East Carolina.
Spivey’s three-pointer with 2:05 to play gave the Lady Pirates the 62-59 lead, but a three-point play by Dodds tied the game at 62 a piece with 1:45 remaining. Nicole Days was fouled under the SMU basket with 24.8 seconds to play, but missed the first of a one-and-one opportunity. ECU, however, fought for the rebound and gained possession with 21.1 seconds thanks to a jump ball in favor of the Lady Pirates. Young had a shot to win the game at the end of regulation, but her shot did not fall as time expired, sending the game into overtime.
The Mustangs went on an 8-0 run to open the extra period, four of which coming from the free throw line. Young’s three with 1:52 remaining cut the SMU lead to five, 70-65. Another Young three pointer with 30.6 remaining pulled the Lady Pirates within two, 70-68, but a pair of Katy Cobb free throws extended the lead back out to four with 24.1 seconds to play, as the Mustangs went on to win,
Young led all scorers with 23 points and eight assists. Days added a career-high 16 rebounds while Gabriela Husarova added 10 boards. Spivey’s 11 rebounds and 18 points were both personal-bests. Dodds led the Mustangs with 21 points and five boards while Cobb added 10 boards and seven points.
The Lady Pirates will remain at home on Sun., Jan. 20 as it welcomes Tulsa to Greenville for a 1:00 p.m. tip.