ECU Drops 66-56 Decision At Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Britny Edwards recorded her seventh double-double of the season in East Carolina’s 66-56 loss to Memphis at Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Thursday night.

Britny Edwards finished the game with 14 points, a season-high 17 rebounds, two blocks, a pair of steals, and an assist in the Pirates’ setback. Whitny Edwards added 13 points with six boards, a team-leading four assists, and one steal, while Celeste Stewart also posted 13 points and contributed three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Kristine Mial notched eight points, two rebounds, a pair of assists, one block and one steal.

In the first half, the Pirates got off to a slow start as they trailed Memphis, 15-8, at the 11:56 mark. However, ECU was quick to turn things around as it used the next five minutes to hold the Tigers to just three points, while the Pirates tallied seven to cut Memphis’ lead to three (18-15). The Pirates continued their defensive tear as they only allowed Memphis to score another three points for the remainder of the half. As the defense collected stops, the Pirates’ offense kicked in and ECU held a 22-21 lead by the 3:25 mark. In the final minutes of action, the Pirates closed out the half on a 6-0 run to take a 28-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Britny Edwards led ECU in the frame as she tallied a double-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and one steal. Whitny Edwards added nine points, three boards, and as many assists to go along with a steal. Celeste Stewart contributed six points, while Chanel Green posted a pair of steals and two points in the first half.

Memphis shot 44.4-percent in the second half and forced the Pirates into 10 turnovers in the frame. The Tigers’ offense was on point as Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and Ariel Hearn each scored in double figures in the half.

ECU shot 35.5-percent and hung tight with the Tigers for much of the frame, but fell short of a comeback as the Pirates dropped the game by a final of 66-56.

Hearn led all scorers with 15 points, while Abdul-Qaadir added 13, and Nicole Dickson chipped in 11.

The Pirates look to get back on the winning track when they return to Minges Coliseum for a Sunday afternoon match-up with Tulsa at 1 p.m., on Jan. 20.