East Carolina University women’s basketball (14-6,5-2 American Athletic Conference) will host the University of Memphis (11-8, 3-3 AAC) on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum for Pitt County Schools day.
This game, the teams’ second meet of the season, will be streamed on ESPN+ for fans to watch. Two weeks prior, East Carolina took the win against Memphis 55-47. The Pirates had the lead at halftime 29-26 following their field goal percentages in the first and second quarter. ECU senior guard Micah Dennis had the team’s only three-pointer of the first and there was only one three-point shot in the second from senior guard Danae McNeal for the Pirates.
The pair of seniors led the team in points with 20 from McNeal and 13 from Dennis. The three-point shots mentioned were the only ones made for East Carolina the entire game, although there were eight other attempts.
ECU made 34 points in the paint and capitalized with 24 points made on turnovers from the Tigers. The lead was tied late in the first quarter and did not happen again until the beginning of the third. The game was kept close, as the largest score margin was five between the times the game was tied.
During the third quarter, the Pirates had an offensive struggle and only put up five points. The team’s percentages in field goals dropped to 14% and at the free throw line East Carolina made one of two possible attempts.
By the end of the third quarter, Memphis was in the lead with a three-point edge. In the fourth quarter ECU was able to pull ahead enough to keep the win. During the last five minutes the Pirates remained in the lead and were able to put up eight points over the Tigers to end the game. McNeal earned most of her points in the fourth quarter with 11 points.
Dennis created her high of six rebounds in the season during the game and has since matched the number two other times since the game against Memphis.
The Pirates last game was against Wichita State University (12-8, 2-5 AAC) on Jan. 21 in Wichita, Kansas. This was the first time in program history East Carolina won in Wichita, Kansas, since the teams started competing against each other in the 2017-2018 season.
McNeal and Dennis led the game in points with Dennis just a point over at 19. Freshman forward Amiya Joyner was the third contender for the game with 16 points.
Joyner has seven double doubles in the season and is tied for third most double doubles in the American alongside a player from Wichita State. The highest number of double doubles in the conference comes from the University of South Florida (18-4, 7-0 AAC) with 15.
East Carolina earned 40 points off of the Shockers’ turnovers which is above the team’s 26 turnovers created in a game, according to the American.
There were over at least 20 points scored in the second and fourth quarter from the Pirates which allowed them to pull away with the lead late in the half and for the win in the fourth.
The game was kept close in the first quarter, as the largest score margin was two points. At the end of the second, ECU was able to propel ahead by nine points just after the score was tied with six minutes to go. Dennis made the first three-point shot for the Pirates at the buzzer for the half.
In the third quarter the Shockers made a comeback and tied the score 46-46 in the last minute. The score was tied once previously in the quarter, and the Pirates were down by four but made a recovery from it.
With four minutes passed in the fourth quarter, East Carolina was up by nine points again and continued to maintain the lead.
Dennis had her season high of 19 points and 8-16 in field goals made to field goals attempted during the game against Wichita State. Her previous high was 13 points in the first game against Memphis on Jan. 3.
Following the game against the Tigers on Jan. 25, the Pirates will be on the road against the University of South Florida (18-4, 7-0 AAC) on Jan. 31 in Tampa, Florida at the Yuengling Center.