GREENVILLE, N.C. - Two Lady Pirates scored in double figures to lead East Carolina to a 62-52 victory over Tulsa Sunday afternoon at Minges Coliseum. Jasmine Young tallied a game-high 23 points while Allison Spivey netted 11. ECU improves to 7-11, 1-4 in C-USA action while Tulsa falls to 7-11, 3-2 in league play.
Tulsa jumped out to the early 7-0 lead before the Lady Pirates score six straight to pull within one at the 13:46 mark. A Larrissa Williams basket sparked a 9-2 rally by TU, going up 16-8 with 8:25 remaining. ECU battled back, once again, cutting the Tulsa lead down to one, 19-18, on a Gabriela Husarova jumper with just over four minutes to play in the half. LaCoya Terry's layup with three minutes to play in the half tied the game at 20 a-piece, but Kara Vaughan's three-pointer on the next possession put TU back up 23-20. Vaughan's trey sparked an 8-0 run by the Golden Hurricane, going up 28-20 with under a minute remaining in the half. Spivey hit a three-pointer as time expired to cut Tulsa's lead to five, 28-23, at the break.
An early 5-0 run by the Golden Hurricane increased Tulsa's lead to nine, 34-25, at the 18 minute mark. ECU used a full court press to score eight points in 45 seconds, cutting the Tulsa lead down to two, 36-34, with 14:23 on the clock. A Spivey steal led to a Terry three-point play as she scored on the fast break layup and was fouled on the play, giving the Lady Pirates their first lead of the game, 37-36, with 13:51 to play. A pair of Shana Franks free throws gave East Carolina the six point, 44-38 lead with 12:12 remaining. Four straight free throws by Williams cut the ECU lead down to two, 44-42, but a Young trey put the Lady Pirates back up by five. Young's jumper at the 2:22 mark gave East Carolina its largest lead of the game, taking the ten point, 58-48 lead. Tulsa scored four points late, but it was not enough, as the Lady Pirates snapped a five-game losing skid, coming away with the 62-52 win.
Young led all scorers with 23 points, five steals and four assists. She recorded the final 13 Lady Pirate points. Spivey, who scored in double-figures for the third straight game, tallied 11 points and added five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Williams led the Golden Hurricane with 13 points and 10 rebounds. ECU forced 30 Tulsa turnovers, scoring 27 points off the Golden Hurricane miscues.
The Lady Pirates host Marshall on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Minges Coliseum. The game marks the second time this season that the two teams have squared off. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. and will be televised locally on WITN.
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