GREENVILLE, N.C. – Britny Edwards found her way into the ECU career record book after recording her 63rd career block while helping the East Carolina women’s basketball team defeat visiting NC Central, 65-28, on Tuesday night at Minges Coliseum.
Britny Edwards finished the night with 12 points, eight rebounds two assists, one steal, and a block. With the block, the redshirt senior center is now tied for 10th place in the ECU career record book with former Pirate Alma Bethea who donned an ECU uniform from 1984-88.
Celeste Stewart also chipped in 12 points for her second double-figure scoring game of the year. In addition, the senior point guard posted five rebounds, three assists and a trio of steals. Ariana Jackson set a new career-high for herself as she collected a game-high six steals to go along with two blocks, a half-dozen points, and as many rebounds. Dana Jones came off the bench and turned in seven-point performance, while Colleen Marshall notched a pair of three-pointers for six points and three boards.
NC Central (0-9, 0-1 MEAC) got the game going as Tisha Dixon tallied a layup for the first points of the game to give the Eagles their only lead of the contest. The Pirates quickly countered as Tatiana Chapple notched a layup of her own and Britny Edwards followed to give ECU the lead, 4-2. After another layup by Dixon, East Carolina went on a 9-0 run to jump out in front 13-4. The Pirates continued to push their lead until it was double digits (19-8) with 8:28 left in the frame. The closest the Eagles came was when Tiffany Gary nailed a jumper to cut the Pirates’ lead to seven (19-12). But 10 seconds later, Shala Hodges drained a three-pointer to give the Pirates back their double-digit advantage.
ECU finished the first half with a 14-point lead as the Pirates headed to the locker room up 26-12. Britny Edwards led the Pirates in the first half with 10 points and added six rebounds, while Stewart collected seven points in the frame. As a team, ECU shot 34.4-percent and connected for both of its free throw attempts. The Pirates limited the Eagles to only shots from the field as NC Central was 0-for-2 from beyond the arc and 0-for-4 from the charity stripe.
The second half was all ECU as the Pirates outscored the Eagles 39-16 and led by as many as 38 points (61-23). The ECU defense was stout, holding NC Central without a field goal for more than 12 minutes in the second half. During the 12-minute scoring drought, the Eagles connected for six free throws while ECU scored 23 points. With just 1:05 left in the contest, NC Central’s Aja Hoyle recorded a layup to give the Eagles their first field goal since 13:19 in the frame.
The Pirates ended the game with a jumper off the hands of Shawnda Robinson as she notched her first collegiate points on a pass from Katie Paschal. The bucket from Robinson with just 17 second left pushed the score to 65-28 as the clock expired.
As a team East Carolina finished the game with 27 field goals, 46 rebounds, 19 assists and 13 steals. The Pirates limited the Eagles to 24.3-percent shooting and did not allow the visitors to connect for a three-point field goal in the game. ECU forced NC Central to turn the ball over 27 times and the Pirates registered 29 points off of turnovers.
Dixon and Gary were the leading scorers for the Eagles as they each recorded nine points. Gary finished the game with 12 rebounds and a pair of steals.
With final exams coming up, the Pirates’ next contest will not take place until Sunday, Dec. 16, when East Carolina travels to Richmond, Va., to take on VCU. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.