WICHITA, KAN. (ECU) – A cold fourth-quarter doomed the ECU women's basketball team to a 57-47 loss to Wichita State on Tuesday night inside the Charles Koch Arena.
ECU (10-10, 1-6 AAC) was led in scoring by Lashonda Monk, who finished with 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting and hit three shots from behind the three-point arc. Also reaching double-figures was Raven Johnson, who scored 11 points. However, the Pirates shot just 16-of-62 (.258) from the field and 3-of-18 (.167) from three-point range.
Wichita State (9-11, 2-5 AAC) had a balance scoring effort, with all 11 Shockers scoring. Jaida Hampton was the top scorer, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting while Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage had 11 as well. The Shockers held a dominating 26-12 edge in points in the paint and 30-4 in bench scoring.
In the first half, Wichita State led most of the way, but ECU stayed within striking distance. The opening 20 minutes were defined by defense, with the Shockers leading 25-19 at the break.
At the start of the third quarter, ECU wasted no time cutting into the deficit. The Pirates scored on their first four possessions of the half, rattling off a 9-0 run. Leading the way was Monk, with the sophomore guard hitting a pair of jumpers and capping the run with her second three-pointer of the game.
As the two teams traded the lead in the quarter, Monk continued to attack. She was fouled on a pair of occasions, splitting her four free throws. She also nailed her third triple, giving her 12 points in the quarter. When the dust settled, ECU held a slim 39-38 lead heading into the fourth.
Much like ECU had thrown the first punch in the third quarter, Wichita State did the same in the fourth. A Lozada-Cabbage three opened the quarter before Salita Greene answered with a layup. For the next four and a half minutes, it was all Wichita State. The Shockers shot 5-5 and added three free throws during a 13-0 run. Frazier finally ended the streak with a jumper at the 4:35 mark.
While ECU held Wichita State to just three points in the final 4:52 of the game, the Shocker defense was nearly as tough. After Johnson made two free throws at the 4:21 mark, ECU did not score again until two free throws by Desiree Corbin with 25 seconds left.
Wichita State won the rebounding battle 39-35, but ECU had 15 offensive rebounds to just seven for Wichita State. Corbin led ECU in rebounds, pulling in seven. For the Shockers, Seraphine Bastin had 10 defensive rebounds and Lozada-Cabbage finished with nine total boards.
ECU had the edge in turnovers, forcing 21 and turning the ball over 12 times themselves. Frazier led ECU with five steals as well as leading with three assists.
The Pirates return home on Saturday afternoon against Tulane. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m., inside Minges Coliseum.