East Carolina Shoots Past Techsters
Jan. 18, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina freshman J'Kyra Brown came off the bench to score a career-high 29 points and the Pirates shot 61 percent for the game as ECU won its 22nd straight home game with an 86-55 victory over Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena.
Brown entered the game averaging four points a game but connected on 11-of-14 field goals, including 6-of-8 from the three-point line, as she scored 23 points in the opening half to lead East Carolina to a 52-24 halftime advantage. The Pirates (15-2, 3-1 C-USA) built the lead to as many as 39 points in the second half before coasting to the win.
For the fifth straight game, Tech (5-12, 0-4 C-USA) struggled offensively, shooting only 31 percent (19-61) from the field and only 2-of-14 from the three-point line. The Lady Techsters have shot less than 34 percent from the field in all five games of its current five-game losing streak.
East Carolina built an early double digit lead at 17-6 despite Brown not recording a point. Jada Payne, one of the top scorers in Conference USA, scored nine early points as the Pirates raced out to the advantage.
Tech scored five straight points to cut the deficit down to 17-11 before Brown got hot as she scored 15 straight points for the Pirates. Brown's jumper with 8:18 to play in the first half gave East Carolina a 32-13 advantage.
Brown, who entered the game 8-of-31 from the three-point line this season, hit three more three-pointers over the final eight minutes while guard Shae Nelson's four-point play with five seconds to play in the first half gave the Pirates a 28-point halftime lead.
East Carolina's bench scored 31 first half points as the Pirates shot 72 percent (21-of-29) from the field in the opening half.
The Pirates came out strong in the second half. Following a Lulu Perry three-pointer that cut the deficit to 52-27, East Carolina used a 17-3 run over a six-minute period as Payne and Abria Trice combined for 15 of the points. Payne's jumper with 13:48 to play gave the Pirates their biggest lead of the game at 69-30.
Tech junior Whitney Frazier then spearheaded an 11-0 Lady Techster run, scoring six of her 11 points, as the deficit was cut to 69-41 at the midway mark of the second half.
The Lady Techsters trailed 78-46 before Veanca Hall triggered a mini 8-0 run. Hall finished the game with a career-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
East Carolina's bench outscored Tech's bench 46-8 in the game while the Pirates outrebounded the Lady Techsters 44-28.
In addition to Hall's 13 points and Frazier's 11, JaQuan Jackson added 11 points.
The Lady Techsters return home to host Florida Atlantic Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
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