GREENVILLE, N.C. – Despite four players scoring in double figures, the Lady Pirates dropped a heartbreaker to Memphis Saturday afternoon at Minges Coliseum in the final home game of the regular season. ECU falls to 13-14 overall, 7-7 in Conference USA action, snapping a three-game win streak, while the Tigers improve to 9-18, 6-8 in league play.
LaCoya Terry’s jumper at the 7:21 mark gave the Lady Pirates the 50-49, and a Gabriela Husarova three-pointer increased the ECU lead out to four, 53-49. A three-pointer by Paris Leonard with 3:53 to play cut the ECU lead down to one, 55-54. Jasmine Young blocked a Jessica Jackson shot and turned it in to two points, extending the Lady Pirate advantage out to three, 57-54, with 2:16 on the clock. However, another Leonard trey knotted the game at 57 all with 1:55 remaining. Alex Winchell connected on a three-pointer with 33.9 seconds left to take the three point lead, but a Days jumper cut the lead down to one with 19.6 seconds on the clock, making the score 60-59. After a pair of missed free throws by the Tigers, ECU got the ball back with 6.2 seconds to play. Terry drove through the lane for the game-winning layup, but was called for the offensive charge with less than a second to play. ECU drew the technical foul on the play, allowing Aroha Jennings to go to the line to shoot a pair of free throws. She missed the first and hit the second, giving the Tigers the 61-59 victory.
The first half saw the lead go back and forth between the two teams, with neither team leading by more than four points. ECU shot 37.5 percent from the floor while the Tigers shot 32.4 in the opening half.
Jackson led all scorers with 18 points adding nine rebounds. Terry led the Lady Pirates with 14 points and four rebounds while Young chipped in 12 points, a career-high nine rebounds and five assists. Days closed out her ECU home career with her fourth career double-double scoring 10 points and pulling down a career-tying 16 caroms.
The Lady Pirates will close out the regular season on the road, as they travel to Houston, Texas this weekend to play the Cougars on Thursday, Feb. Feb. 28 and Rice on Saturday, March 1. The team will then head to Greenville for a few days before taking off for Orlando, Fla. for the Conference USA Championships March 6-9.