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ECU: Kobe set for finale in Minges

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East Carolina swimming coach Rick Kobe. (ECU Media Relations)

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By Ronnie Woodward
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, January 21, 2017

East Carolina’s Rick Kobe, the fourth-winningest swimming coach in NCAA history who is retiring at the end of this season, will lead the Pirates today against University of Maryland-Baltimore County in Kobe’s final meet in Minges Natatorium.

Special recognition for Kobe and the senior class is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the meet at 1. Kobe, who is in his 35th season at ECU, has 532 career victories.

Women’s hoops

Seventh-year coach Heather Macy is aware of the main problem plaguing her East Carolina women’s basketball team during its 1-6 record in seven games to drop to last place in the American Athletic Conference.

“We’ve consistently had bad stretches and what we’ve been working on is reducing the length of those stretches,” Macy said after Central Florida ended Wednesday’s game in Minges Coliseum on an 18-2 run for a 54-42 win.

Avoiding that problem will be important as ECU (10-9, 1-5) returns to action today with yet another difficult matchup. The Pirates play at surging Cincinnati at 2 p.m.

Since Cincy (13-5, 4-1) lost 51-48 to Georgia on Dec. 15, it has gone 7-1 and comes into today on a four-game win streak. After playing the Bearcats today, the Pirates host No. 1 Connecticut on Tuesday night.

UCF did a tremendous job holding down ECU leading scorer Kristen Gaffney, limiting her to four points on 2-of-5 shooting. The Pirates also struggled shooting from the outside, finishing 3-of-20 from 3-point range.

Gaffney, a graduate transfer and post player, is averaging 14.6 points per game for the season, but during league play her average is 11.0.

During league play, ECU is last in the American in scoring at 47.5 ppg. Cincinnati is fifth at 65.6.

Five-foot-11 junior forward Shanice Johnson has led the way recently for the Bearcats, posting averages of 15.2 points and 9.4 rebounds in AAC games. Cincy is tied for third in the conference standings and 9-3 at home.

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

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