South Orange, N.J. – Despite its highest shooting percentage of the season (.458), the ECU women’s basketball team lost 82-73 to Jacksonville State (4-1) in the Pirates’ first game of the Seton Hall University Thanksgiving Classic Saturday. ECU will face Ryder (0-5) at 12 noon on Sunday.
Ariyana Williams led all scorers with a career-high 15 points while Dominique Claytor had her second-straight double-double with a career-high 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pirates shot 45.8 percent from the field while JSU edged them shooting 48.3 percent overall and an impressive 44.4 percent from three-point range (8-for-18). ECU won the battle on the backboards with 39 rebounds including 14 offensive while the Gamecocks had 33 boards.
ECU will face Ryder for the first time in program history after the Broncos lost to Seton Hall, 85-49, in the first game of the SHU Classic earlier on Sunday.
ECU (1-4), Jacksonville State (4-1)
Macy’s opening statement
“They showed much more toughness in the second half and our young ones are coming into their own, they're going to be fun to watch, we've just got to this process with them to get to the point we need to be at. They're showing coachability. The group is a great group and now we're trying to teach them to be a great group that wins basketball games.”
On Dominique Claytor
She's starting to come on as a consistent player for us, we know what to expect and she's been giving us that, She's building off her strong experience in her freshman year and it's starting to show now.
Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Total
Jacksonville State 27 17 15 23 82
ECU 18 17 18 20 73
News and Notes
- Ariyana Williams had a career-high 15 points and led all scorers. She shot 7-for-8 from the free throw line and 33.3 percent from three-point range (3-for-10).
- Dominique Claytor had her second-consecutive double-double with a career-high 11 points and 10 rebounds.
- The Pirates shot 45.8 percent from the field in the loss, their highest field goal percentage of the season.
- Jacksonville State leads ECU 1-0 all-time in the series after Saturday marked the first meeting between the two teams.
- ECU is now 11-6 all-time in games played under head coach Heather Macy at Thanksgiving weekend tournaments.
ECU faces Ryder (0-5) at 12 noon on Sunday, Nov. 26 at the Seton Hall University Thanksgiving Classic.