Feb. 18, 2001
Senior Lucinda Mason had career-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds, and recorded her first career double-double, as East Carolina avenged an early season loss to American with a 71-34 victory Friday. The 37-point margin was ECU's largest margin of victory since the 1994-95 season when the Lady Pirates beat Columbia by 50 (80-30). The East Carolina defense set the tone for the night as it held American scoreless for almost 12 minutes in the first half. The defense also set team season-lows in points at the half (14), shooting percentage (29.4) and did not allow a three point basket all night for the first time this season.
The Lady Pirates (12-10, 7-4 CAA) shot the ball well in the opening half and built a 36-14 advantage by halftime. The Eagles had an early 8-6 lead when Kaitlin Schuyler hit a jumper at the 15:53 mark. However, the Eagles could not score another point for 11:23, while ECU went on a 19-0 run over that period to take command of the game, 25-8.
ECU's Tamilla Murray and Mason dominated the inside in the second half and did not give a chance for American (4-19, 2-10 CAA) to get back into the game. Murray scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in the final 20 minutes of play and fell just one point short of tying her career high of 23 points. The Lady Pirates did not hit its biggest lead of the game until the final basket - a Mason lay-up with :07.6 seconds remaining in the game - made it a 37-point advantage. Senior Joana Fogaca also contributed as she had eight points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals on the evening.
East Carolina will next face CAA rival Richmond on Sunday while the Eagles play again on Sunday at UNC Wilmington.