GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina women’s basketball team cruised to an 84-41 victory over St. Andrew’s University Sunday evening at Minges Coliseum. ECU registered 20 steals, good for third in the East Carolina single-game record book, while notching nine blocks to rank fourth in the annals.
With the win, East Carolina moves to 2-0 on the year, while St. Andrew’s falls to 1-2. The Pirates converted 30 field goals in the contest and shot 77.8-percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, the Knights shot 25.4-percent from the field and 21.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Junior Katie Paschal was the Pirates’ leading scorer, while Elise Shelton grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Paschal came off the bench for the Pirates and tallied 17 minutes of action in which she notched 11 points, two rebounds, a pair of assists, two steals and a block. Tatiana Chapple, Celeste Stewart, and Britny Edwards chipped in eight points each, while Whitny Edwards and Shelton added seven. Kyani White was the team leader in steals for the second game in a row as she tallied four, while Stewart led the squad in assists (4).
The Pirates scored first, on a bucket by Britny Edwards, and never looked back. East Carolina used a balanced offense to jump out to a 13-2 advantage at the 16:05 mark on a pair of made free throws from Chapple. ECU continued to control the ball well and pushed its lead to 17 points (27-10) by the ten-minute mark of the first half. As the clock ran, so did the Pirates as they went on a 25-0 run for the next nine minutes increasing their lead to 42 (52-10). The ECU defense played a major role in the contest as it limited the Knights to just 12 points in the first half taking a commanding 54-12 lead into the locker room.
ECU shot 89.5-percent from the charity stripe and 46.2-percent from the field in the first half. At halftime, the Pirates’ bench had already contributed 28 points to the Knights’ nine.
When the second half began, the Pirates picked up right where they had left off as White dropped in a layup for the first points of the frame. The Knights’ offense awoke in the second part of the game as they counted with a jumper from Ja’Quaia Caracter. East Carolina, however, would continue its offensive attack and lead by as many as 51 points (82-31) after a three-pointer from Shala Hodges. The Pirates would go on to defeat the Knights by a final score of 84-41.
ECU’s bench recorded 52 points and the Pirates tallied 28 second chance points as well as 35 points off of turnovers.
The Knights were led offensively by Benee Norton’s 11 points. Federica Staton had nine rebounds, while Crystal Siamos and Hayley Lowe each chipped in six points.
East Carolina will return to the court for a Saturday afternoon contest against College of Charleston. The Pirates will host the Cougars on Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.