Whitny Edwards Leads Pirates Past Converse, 79-23

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Whitny Edwards led all scorers with 17 points in East Carolina’s 79-23 non-conference victory over Converse College on Sunday afternoon at Minges Coliseum. The Pirates tallied 32 steals which is good for second in the ECU single-game record book.

In addition to her 17 points, Whitny Edwards finished the contest with four rebounds, four steals, and as many assists. Kyani White posted a game-high eight steals which ties her for sixth in the ECU single-game record book. White added a team-leading seven assists, two rebounds, and block. Janesha Ebron and Ariana Jackson came off the bench and each tallied nine points, while Jackson led the team with 10 boards. Jackson also contributed two assists and a pair of steals, while Ebron finished the contest with a career-high seven steals. Freshman Colleen Marshall turned in another solid performance as she totaled six rebounds, five points, two assists and a pair of steals for the Pirates.

East Carolina (3-1) scored first on a jumper from Celeste Stewart and never looked back. The Pirates held the lead the entire game and never allowed Converse (0-2) to come within double-digits after the 10-minute mark of the first half. ECU limited the Valkyries’ offense as the Pirate defense was stout and held Converse to 13.3-percent shooting in the first half. Converse’s Brooke Garrison tallied six of the Valkyries’ seven points in the first half as the Pirates shut them down after the second three from Garrison at 13:13. Converse was not able to convert another field goal for the remainder of the half as ECU forced the Valkyries into 24 turnovers in the first half. The Pirates shot 39.5-percent in the first half and held a commanding 39-7 advantage as they headed into the locker room.

The second half was much of the same as ECU extended its lead to 41-7 off of a layup by Tatiana Chapple at the 19:55 mark. The Pirates held the Valkyries scoreless until Garrison made a jumper at 14:03 in the second half to break a 19:10 scoring drought. East Carolina continued its offensive attack and led by as many as 56 points in the contest as the Pirates won the game by a final of 79-23.

The Pirates finished the game shooting 40.7-percent and limited the Valkyries to just 21.6-percent shooting. ECU converted 35 field goals, and tallied 51 rebounds, 32 steals, 25 assists, and four blocks in the game. The Pirates’ 32 steals is just one shy of the all-time single-game record of 33, which was tied by last year’s squad against St. Andrew’s on Nov. 13, 2011. The first time the Pirates recorded 33 steals in a game was on Jan. 22, 1973 against NC State. ECU’s 25 assists is good for a seventh-place tie in the all-time single-game record book.

Converse was led by Garrison who finished the contest with 10 points and two rebounds. The Valkyries leading rebounder was Avery Winchester who tallied nine to go along with four blocks, two points, and one steal.

ECU will return to Minges Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 24, as they play host to Norfolk State to kick off the Pirate Invitational Thanksgiving Tournament. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. Other teams competing in the two-day Thanksgiving Tournament include Campbell and Appalachian State.