Houston rolls past ECU 97-81, drops Pirates to 14-12
Houston, Texas – The ECU women’s basketball (14-12, 6-7) battled with Houston (20-7, 9-4) Saturday afternoon, but fell short 97-81 at H&PE arena.
The Pirates placed three players in double-figures. Junior Destiny Campbell recorded a new career-high of 20 points, after scoring 14 in the second half. Freshman Necole Hope converted on two three-point attempts and finished with 13 points. Fellow freshman Lashonda Monk added 11 points and a career-high nine assists.
ECU marked its second-best offensive game of the year, scoring 81 points and shooting 48.6 percent from the field.
Houston took the lead on a corner three-pointer from junior Serithia Hawkins, just 11 seconds into the game. The Cougars would not surrender the lead for the rest of the game. Houston extended their lead to as much as thirteen in the first quarter. The Pirates fought back in the final minutes of the frame, using a 6-0 run to close the quarter only trailing by five.
Early in the second quarter, the purple and gold scored nine consecutive points, cutting the Cougar lead to two points with just five minutes to play in the first half. Heading into the halftime break ECU trailed by six points.
The quick-paced game continued in the third quarter with each team adding 20 to their point totals.
The Cougars offense exploded in the fourth quarter, scoring a game quarter-high 30 points. Angela Harris added 12 points, as the team shot 52.9 percent and made 5-of-9 three-pointers.
Houston, who is receiving votes in the top-25 coaches poll, placed four players into double-digits. Angela Harris notched a game-high 32 points. The sophomore converted on 11-of-17 field goals, including seven made three-pointers. The AAC’s second-best scorer, Jasmyne Harris, added 21 points. As a team, the Cougars shot 49.3 percent from the field.
The Cougars lead the series 12-8, while Macy is now 6-4 all-time against Houston.
Heather Macy’s Opening Statement
“They were really dictating the pace of the floor today, usually when you score 81 points you have a good chance to win but we didn’t defend according to my expectations for this team.”
Macy on team’s progression throughout the season
“Yeah, but just didn’t value the ball, turned the ball over too much and they were the type of team to capitalize, but we will regroup and get ready for Tulsa in a couple of days.”
Macy on Destiny Campbell
“She’s really efficient and we just keep going to her, a lot of trust in her and it’s good to see her doing that this time of year.”
ECU (14-12, 6-7), Houston (20-7, 9-4)
News and Notes
• ECU shot 48.6 percent from the field (34-of-69), which is second-best in a single-game this season.
• Destiny Campbell recorded a career-high 20 points.
• Lashonda Monk came one assist away from a double-double with points and 11 points and nine assists.
• Necole Hope was the third Pirate in double-figures with 13 points.
• The Pirates bench contributed 50 points.
• Houston converted on 12-of-32 three-point attempts.
• The Cougars lead the series 12-8. Macy is now 6-4 all-time against Houston.
ECU will continue its two-game road trip at Tulsa on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. (EST).