The East Carolina University women’s basketball team will take on Monmouth University at home for its second game of the season on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
The Pirates won their first game this past Tuesday and hope they can keep their spirits high by winning their game tomorrow. The team was ecstatic about their first win, but leading scorer junior guard Raven Johnson expressed that she wants to leave it in the past and look forward to upcoming games since each opponent is different.
“As a team we are just looking to move forward and looking for a lot of good things out of everybody cause it wasn’t just me,” Johnson said. “Monk had 19, Jade had 16. Everybody was really putting the ball in the hoop so it was a collective effort”
The last time the Pirates faced the Hawks was during the 2012-2013 season in Annapolis, Maryland when the Pirates won 64-49.
Monmouth lost its season opener on Tuesday against Bucknell University by more than twice the amount of points, 32-70. The Hawks have seven new players and has not had many opportunities to get used to the new dynamic, which may be a cause for their loss.
“They’ve got a couple big kids inside that do a good job of posting really hard so we’ve gotta keep the ball out of the post and really know where our shoots are and locate them,” interim head coach Chad Killinger said. “They are a pretty well coached team so we’ve gotta come out and really continue to focus on ourselves and be the best that we can be each day.”
Killinger has looked at the Hawks last season and said he has watched about four or five of their games getting prepared for tomorrow. Also looking at their game from Tuesday gives the team a better sense of what the Hawks will be like in this matchup.
“I think my teammates just pushing me, just giving me the ball and giving me help was what helped me and hopefully our defense is better,” sophomore guard Lashonda Monk said.
Defensive improvement is what the team is looking for with only two days of practice before the matchup tomorrow. Rebounding better in their zones and keeping the ball in front of the players were some much needed improvements after Tuesday’s game.
“I think we gave up more offensive rebounds than we obviously would have liked, but I think some of those are things we can fix in terms of positioning and getting back inside to rebound and how we approach the defensive end of the floor,” Killinger said.
The team wants to come out and get another win on Friday, be aggressive, come out and finish strong, according to Johnson. The Pirates will be defending home court against the Hawks at 5:30 pm on Friday in hopes of another win to add to their 2018-2019 season.