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Orlando - East Carolina held off a feisty UCF, defeating the Knights 80-66 for their fourth straight win. East Carolina improves to 10-11, 4-4 in Conference USA, while the Knights fall to 8-13, 1-7 in league play.
East Carolina took a four-point, 38-34, lead into the half as LaCoya Terry scored on a put back with time expiring. After the Knights went up 7-2 early, five straight points by Gabriela Husarova sparked a 14-0 run by the Lady Pirates, taking the 16-7 lead with 12:5 to play. The Knights battled back, cutting the ECU lead down to three, 26-23 with 6:23 remaining.
UCF used a 7-2 run to open the second half to retake the lead, 41-40, with 17:46 to play. The Lady Pirates responded, scoring seven unanswered points to go back on top, 47-41. Three Lauren Cochran layups and a Jasmine Young basket put ECU up nine, 57-48, with 10:53 to play. UCF answered, going on a 9-0 run to tie the game at 57-all with 8:31 on the clock. Husarova’s three-pointer with 8:15 put the Lady Pirates up 60-57, a lead they would not give up.
Young led all scorers with 22 points, connecting on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. Terry added 16 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, while Husarova pitched in 13 points and six boards. The Lady Pirates hit eight three’s on the night and grabbed 50 rebounds.
The Lady Pirates return home on Thursday, Feb. 7 as they host Tulane in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. ECU will then head to El Paso, Texas for a nationally televised contest against UTEP on Sunday, Feb. 10.. The 2:00 p.m. tip-off will be aired live on ESPN2.