GREENVILLE, NC – Heading into the final eight games of the regular season, the East Carolina women’s basketball team will try to pick up some momentum as they take on Temple in a Sunday matinee.
East Carolina (8-13, 1-7) was leading SMU at halftime and trailed by just two points heading into the fourth quarter its last time out, but the shorthanded Pirates ran out of gas down the stretch, falling 58-46. Da’Ja Green (39:27), Taniyah Thompson (36:39) and Alexsia Rose (34:56) all started and played a season-high in minutes while Iycez Adams (18:45) played a career-high in minutes off the bench. For the third straight game, Green led the Pirates in scoring, finishing with 15 points, including three made triples. Thompson, who was honored prior to the game for reaching the 1,000 point mark in her career, finished with 14 points, her 12th straight game with at least 10 points. That is the longest streak in Thompson’s career, passing the 11 straight during her rookie season, and is the longest since Jada Payne went 17 straight games with at least 10 points during the 2015-16 season. Rose was the only other Pirate with more than three points, scoring eight points and handing out six assists.
Green has come alive over the past three games. The graduate student, who scored the 1,200th point of her collegiate career against Wichita State, is averaging 15.7 points and has made nine three-pointers over the past three contests. Green is now up to 7.1 points per game this season and 8.9 in conference play. Thompson continues to lead the team and rank second in the AAC with 16.3 points each night. She is now at 1,017 points in her Pirate career, ranking 23rd in ECU history and she needs 30 to pass Allison Spivey for 22nd all-time. ECU is ranked first in the AAC in turnovers forced (22.29 per game) and steals (233) as well as offensive rebounds per game (16.0).
Temple (10-9, 5-3 AAC) snapped a two-game losing streak with a dominant 70-49 win over Wichita State on Wednesday. The AAC’s leading scorer, Mia Davis, scored 18 points to lead the Owls and became the all-time leading scorer in Temple history. She is averaging 18.9 points and leads the league in field goal percentage, shooting 50.0% from the floor. Davis is one of two Owls averaging double-figures, joined by Alexa Williamson who is scoring 10.0 points. Davis grabs a team-high 7.3 boards, eighth in the AAC. Aniya Gourdine ranked third in the AAC in assists with 82 while Jasha Clinton is sixth with 76 helpers. The Owls lead the AAC in just one team category, allowing teams to shoot just 28.7% from beyond the three-point arc. Temple is second in overall field goal percentage defense, as opponents shoot 36.7% from the floor.
It will be the second game in a row that will be a rematch for the Pirates. Temple took a 56-41 win in Greenville on Jan. 19. Thompson led the Pirates in scoring while Tylar BennettIt had her first double-double as a Pirate, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Davis and Williamson combined for 29 points in the victory for the Owls. That was the fourth straight win for Temple against East Carolina and the Pirates are now just 3-10 against the Owls all-time. ECU is 0-4 in Philadelphia after dropping a 58-57 heartbreaker on Feb. 13, 2021. ECU led 57-56 with 24 seconds left in that game, but Davis hit a jumper with 15 second remaining and the Pirates could not get a shot off before time expired.
Tipoff is slated for 12 noon on Sunday at Temple’s McGonigle Hall. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ with Kevin Copp and Nicki Jones on the call and fans can follow the live stats here.