TULSA, Okla. (ECU) – Tenacious defense and hot shooting in the fourth quarter helped the ECU women’s basketball team stun Tulsa 64-60 on Saturday afternoon inside Reynold Coliseum.
ECU (14-14, 5-10 AAC) had four players finish in double figures in scoring. Lashonda Monk led the team with 15 points to go along with six assists and five steals. Destiny Campbell had 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting while Raven Johnson finished with a double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Alex Frazier also added 10 points for the Pirates.
Tulsa (12-16, 6-9 AAC) was led by Rebecca Lescay, who had 15 points as well as six rebounds. Crystal Polk just missed her second double-double in as many tries against ECU this season, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Heading into the fourth quarter, it looked like ECU might sink to its fourth straight defeat. The Pirates had trailed by 11 at halftime but showed signs of life in the third quarter. ECU cut Tulsa’s lead to 43-40 in the third quarter, mainly behind Campbell who scored 10 of her 14 points in the frame. However, the Golden Hurricane scored the final five points of the third quarter and the first three of the fourth quarter to give itself a 51-40 lead with 9:17 remaining.
ECU got back into the game thanks to defense and three-pointers. After Morgan Brady hit a three on Tulsa’s opening possession of the fourth, the Golden Hurricane made just one more field goal the remainder of the period. Meanwhile, ECU made four threes in the frame, two each from Johnson and Monk.
Monk made her second three of the quarter at the 4:30 mark and it cut Tulsa’s lead to 56-53. After one Tulsa free throw, Frazier was fouled and she made both free throws. Johnson then cut into a passing lane and turned a steal into a layup at the other end, tying the game at 57-57. That was the first time the two teams had been tied since it was 13-13 in the first quarter.
Tulsa regained the lead briefly after Alexis Gaulden made a pair of free throws, but Justice Gee countered with a layup to retie the score. After an ECU stop, the Pirates took a timeout with a fresh shot clock. ECU came out of the huddle and Johnson got free at the top of the key. Her triple flew true and ECU led 62-59, its first lead all game.
ECU had the lead, but the Pirates still needed to hold off Tulsa for the final 1:26. The Golden Hurricane had a chance to cut into the deficit, but Polk missed both free throws after she was fouled on an offensive rebound. However, an ECU turnover helped send Desiree Lewis to the free throw line, where she made one-of-two.
With ECU clinging to a two-point lead, the Pirates used nearly all of the shot clock before Frazier launched a jumper. Although Frazier’s attempt hit the back of the iron and bounced out, Johnson was there to clean up the mess and finish the put-back, giving ECU a four-point cushion with 29 seconds remaining.
Tulsa had chances to cut into the lead, but the Golden Hurricane missed three jumpers down the stretch, allowing ECU to leave with the win.
The Pirates shot a blistering 9-of-15 (.600) in the fourth quarter and 4-of-7 (.571) from three to help ECU finish 25-of-62 (.403) overall and 6-of-20 (.300) from behind the arc. ECU was outrebounded 43-39 but held a 22-15 edge in the second half.
Tulsa shot 27 free throws but made only 14 of them for a percentage of 51.9. The Golden Hurricane shot 2-of-13 (.154) from the floor in the fourth quarter and 1-of-6 (.167) from three. Tulsa did outscore ECU 32-20 in the paint and 35-11 in bench points.
ECU will see the regular season come to a close on Monday night when the Pirates host SMU. The game will be the team’s Senior Night as the Pirates honor Alex Frazier, Salita Greene, Destiny Campbell, and Desiree Corbin. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., inside Minges Coliseum.