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Junior guard Alexsia Rose celebrates after the score against High Point University.

East Carolina University women’s basketball (3-1, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) will go head to head against Charleston Southern University (1-3, 0-0 Big South Conference) on Nov. 20 for a 5 p.m. tipoff for the Pirates’ fifth straight home game to start the season in Minges Coliseum in Greenville, North Carolina.

An overtime battle was the Pirates’ last outing versus High Point University (1-3, 0-0 Big South Conference). The contest went the full length of four quarters with both teams finishing off with 53 points a piece but in overtime ECU pulled away with a 12-1 point differential during that time period.

Almost the first two minutes of overtime were scoreless, with misses from the Panthers sophomore guard Nakyah Terrell and senior guard Danae McNeal of the Pirates. That streak was broken with 3:11 left to go with a three pointer by ECU’s own freshman guard Jayla Hearp.

High Point would retain possession again, but a turnover by Terrell would give the Pirates the ball back. McNeal boosted their own overtime lead with a tough layup on the other end to put ECU up by five. The Panthers continued to not find the inside of the basket as their hopes were dwindling in overtime. With the Panthers desperately needing a stop on defense, Hearp put the nail in the coffin, making a layup that was assisted by McNeal.

After that there was under a minute left in the ball game which turned into a free throw game from there on out. The Pirates were able to secure the victory with a 65-54 in ECU’s favor, handing High Point their third loss of the season. Minges celebrated as ECU secured their third win of the season.

McNeal accumulated 19 points and five boards, as well as three steals and two blocks for the Pirates. Hearp off the bench was also a big contributor putting up 17 points in this contest, her efficient 5-6 shooting from long range was the biggest factor for ECU in this game.

The Panthers put up a good fight in the meeting, with a very high scoring 25 point third quarter. Their three point shooting was their struggle against the Pirates, shooting a poor 5-32 from behind the arc. High Point’s highest scorer was Terrell, she had 14 points, alongside her were freshman forward Neveah Zavala and graduate student guard Skyler Curran, they both were able to achieve 12 points each.

ECU now will be looking ahead to Charleston Southern, they will be traveling from Charleston, South Carolina to face off against the 3-1 Pirates. The Buccaneers will be trying to improve their 1-1 record on the road and make it positive. Their most previous matchup was a blowout loss against George Mason University (1-3, 0-0 Atlantic 10 conference) with a final score that was 74-34.

Charleston Southern is led by two guards, senior guard Sha’Mya Leigh and freshman guard Catherine Alben. Leigh averages 10.5 points per game along with shooting a high 43% from three point range, Alben also helps this squad with 10 points per game, while also being on the glass heavily averaging 6 rebounds a game all while being 5’7.

McNeal can continue her career-high year so far against the Buccaneers squad. She averages 15.8 points per game this season, which is almost double her 8.4 points per game from last season. Charleston Southern will have a hard time containing her along with freshman forward Amiya Joyner, as she is a force in the paint, averaging 11 points and seven rebounds a game for the season.

After this contest in Minges, ECU will participate in the Cavalier Classic against Liberty University (1-1, 0-0 Atlantic Sun Conference). The Pirates and the Flames will be facing off in Charlottesville, Virginia on Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. Following that the Pirates will play the home team of the Cavalier Classic, Virginia University (4-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Nov. 27 at 2 p.m.

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