GREENVILLE, N.C. – Redshirt junior guard Abria Trice recorded her second 21-point performance in as many games to help lift the Pirates over George Mason, 75-66, on Sunday night inside Minges Coliseum. East Carolina forced the Patriots into 26 turnovers while collecting 17 steals in the contest.
In addition to her game-high 21 points, Trice also added a career-high seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Redshirt senior forward Carly Vendemia posted 11 points, seven boards, one assist, one block and one steal, while redshirt junior guard Kyani White contributed nine points, four steals, four rebounds and three assists. Junior post Ondrea Shaw collected a career-high seven boards to go along with two points and one block.
East Carolina (2-0) shot 33.8-percent in the game, while the Pirate defense limited George Mason (0-1) to 28.8-percent shooting. The Pirates out-rebounded the Patriots 52-46 and held the edge in assists (11-6) as well as steals (17-10). ECU tallied 28 points off of turnovers and the Pirate bench contributed to 40 points in the victory.
The game was close early on in the first half as the two teams traded leads seven times in the first 10 minutes. Down 18-17, the Pirates went on a 7-0 run highlighted by a jumper and a trey from Kristine Mial to go up 24-18 and never looked back. ECU continued to build on its lead and went up by double digits (37-27) after a pair of made free throws by Jada Payne. The Pirates led by as many as 13 (43-30) after junior guard Janesha Ebron connected on a three with 1:19 remaining in the half. Vendemia hit a buzzer beater as the clock expired to give East Carolina a 45-34 advantage going into the locker room at halftime.
The Pirates shot 38.9-percent from the field in the first half and connected on 14-of-19 free throws for a 73.7-percentage. The East Carolina defense was stout as it held the Patriots to 29.2-percent shooting in the frame. At the half, Trice had already reached double-figures with 10 points, while Shaw led the team with four boards. White collected all four of her steals as well as her three assists in the first half.
ECU opened the second half on a 6-0 run to take a 17-point lead (51-34) over George Mason. However, the Patriots countered with a 9-0 run to bring the Pirates’ lead back to single digits (51-43). The Pirates pushed ahead and with the help of a J’Kyra Brown three-pointer off the backboard and ECU pushed its lead up to 58-45. George Mason refused to quit as the Patriots continued to chip away at the Pirates’ lead and eventually pulled within four (65-61) with 4:55 remaining on the clock. But, ECU would not relinquish its lead and the Pirates went on to take a 75-66 win over the Patriots.
George Mason had four scorers in double figures in Janaa Pickard (12), Taylor Brown (12), Sandra Ngoie (11), and Talisha Watts (10). Watts finished with a double-double as she collected a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with her 10 points.
East Carolina will continue its home stand with a Friday night contest against William & Mary on November 15, at 7 p.m. Live stats and video are available on ECUPirates.com. The game is Greek Night as the ECU Greek Organizations will be recognized throughout the game.