Greenville, NC—East Carolina showed why they are one of the better teams in NCAA Division 1 women's basketball as they used their experience and length to rout St. Andrews 84-41 Sunday evening at Greenville.
The Pirates (2-0), coming off their season opening victory over William and Mary on Friday, scored 54 points in the first half off of 46% shooting as they were up big at the break.
However, SAU played much better in the second half as the Lady Knights bench started to pick up their play with senior Benee Norton leading the Knights with 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting (62%) while freshman forward Federica Staton led with 9 rebounds. Sophomore guard Hayley Lowe also had a good night as she scored 6 points, both of them 3 pointers as she shot 2 of 6 from behind the arc.
Guard Katie Paschal led the Pirates with 11 points while center Elise Shelton had 11 rebounds. ECU's bench performed exceptionally well as 52 of their total points were scored off the bench with 13 different players scoring on the night. ECU returns 11 players off off last year's team making their depth and bench play one of their strengths.
Norton also had 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal as the senior guard helped rally SAU in the second half as ECU only topped the Knights 30-29 during that period.
Head Coach Jessica Vanco was happy with the team's second half performance, especially on the offensive glass, as the Knights did a great job in totaling 16 offensive rebounds, including 12 in the 2nd half. SAU was also able to out rebound ECU 31-23 overall in the 2nd half as the Knights totaled 43 rebounds in the game.
The girls "played with a lot of effort and heart and never gave up,"Vanco says.
The Lady Knights, unfortunately, could only shoot 25% from the field as it was very difficult to penetrate ECU'S defense as the Pirates forced 31 turnovers from the Knights. SAU, however, played strong dfesne in the second half, holding ECU to 30 points and just 32 % shooting as they forced 18 turnovers and scored 13 points off of the Pirate errors.
The Lady Knights (1-2) will next return home to face rival UNC-Pembroke here at Harris Court Wednesday Nov. 14 at 7 pm.