Pirates Run Down Tigers 76-59
Jan. 30, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - - East Carolina had won 22 of the last 24 games at home and were 10-0 in Minges Coliseum coming in to the day and had no intention of that streak ending any time soon, shooting 65.2 percent in the first half in a 76-59 victory over Memphis, Saturday afternoon.
"We made six or seven easy scout mistakes early in the game and we lost focus and I'm disappointed because we are a better team that we showed today. I'm disappointed because we lost our composure. They made two or three buckets on us and they put it on us and we got our heads down," Tiger Head Coach Melissa McFerrin said.
The Tigers got off to a sluggish start, and against the nation's No. 25 scoring offense (74.8 ppg), the Tiger defense got carved up to the tune of a 38-24 halftime deficit. ECU got field goals from five different players and three-point field goals from four different players.
Memphis had an early 5-3 lead when ECU went on a 13-1 run that put the Tigers down 16-5 after Kelly Smith knocked down back-to-back threes, followed by a Ashley Clarke triple, forcing a Memphis timeout.
Tiger sophomore guard Brittany Carter tried to rally her teammates, scoring 12 straight points to cut the deficit to single digits at 30-21 with 3:53 to go, but with the Memphis posts combining for 3-for-14 shooting from the paint in the opening half, the Pirates just focused on stopping dribble penetration by the Memphis guards, while getting out in transition on their own and blowing the lead open to double-digits at 38-24 to end the half.
ECU shot 65.2 percent from the field in the opening half, while Memphis shot just 8-for-34 from the field and 1-for-8 from three-point range. The Tigers also failed to take advantage of 13 first half offensive rebounds and 15 first half ECU turnovers.
The Pirates then came out and went right for the kill, ripping off a 9-0 run that forced McFerrin to call two timeouts before the game hit the 17:00 minute mark in the second.
Carter again tried to carry her teammates, scoring five of Memphis' six points to cut the deficit to under 20 at 48-30, but with Carter getting a much-needed breather on the bench, ECU again spread the ball and used its balance to push the lead back over 20. It was then Nicole Dickson, who had a cold first half shooting, who scored nine of the Tigers' 11 points to cut the deficit to 61-43. But regardless of the Tiger pressure that forced 25 Pirate turnovers, Memphis could never get any closer, falling 76-59.
Carter finished with 28 points, but just two rebounds, while Dickson finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. ECU out-rebounded Memphis 48-37, and Memphis failed to take advantage of 23 offensive rebounds in the loss.
Memphis will return home for a Thursday game against UAB. That game will tip at 7 p.m. in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Tickets for that game remain on sale here.