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ECU senior Thais Oliveira (15) shoots among traffic in the post against N.C. Central on Dec. 14.

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By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Friday, December 29, 2017

Heather Macy on the verge of becoming East Carolina’s winningest women’s basketball coach coincides with the Pirates beginning American Athletic Conference play and on a hot streak.

ECU, which is 8-5 overall and 7-1 in its last eight games, hosts Cincinnati on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Minges Coliseum. Cincinnati (8-5) is 1-2 on the road this season and since 2014 the Pirates have posted a 6-1 record against the Bearcats.

Many eyes will be on Macy for this contest. The eighth-year coach is tied with Sharon Baldwin-Tener for first in program history with 126 wins at East Carolina. Macy is 126-107 during her tenure.

“She cares, but not really (too much) about it,” said Pirate senior Thais Oliveira, who has two double-doubles this year and is fourth in the AAC in blocked shots. “She has a bigger plan for this program I am pretty sure she’s going to accomplish that.” 

The Pirates’ lone loss in their eight-game surge came in overtime versus UTEP in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Since then, ECU routed Savannah State 103-37 and beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 64-54.

Cincy is 2-2 in its last four games and hasn’t played since topping Bowling Green, 75-51, on Dec. 21. Junior guard Nikira Goings is the team’s leading scorer (13.4 points per game) thanks to a 34-of-81 shooting mark from 3-point range.

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June 17, 2018

The United States team completed a dominant run at the FIBA Americas U18 basketball tournament in Ontario, Canada, on Saturday night with a 113-74 victory against the host Canadian squad to take the gold medal.

East Carolina first-year coach Joe Dooley helped pick the team, which was led…

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June 16, 2018

East Carolina sophomore outfielder Bryant Packard earned his school-record seventh All-America honor after being named a first-teamer by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Saturday.

Packard led ECU in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.406) to rank seventh nationally.…

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June 15, 2018

East Carolina first-year coach Joe Dooley played in part in assembling the roster for the USA Basketball U18 National Team that could be on a collision course to face host team Canada this weekend in the championship game of the FIBA Americas tournament.

Dooley was a court coach during…

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June 14, 2018

To many in the world of women’s basketball, Anne Donovan was a giant. And not just because she stood 6-foot-8.

She won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach in her storied career. She died Wednesday and people in Greenville…

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June 13, 2018

Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer and former East Carolina women’s head coach who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.

On her rise to prominence, Donovan…

June 12, 2018

Reality set in for East Carolina shot put standout Galissia Cause during her hotel check-in last week in Eugene, Ore., for the track and field NCAA Outdoor Championships.

She competed at the NCAA East Regional meet in all four of her seasons, but only this year did the senior make it past…

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June 10, 2018

There is a group text message involving some recent East Carolina baseball players.

They are great friends, and it is during these messages about jobs or social plans when Evan Kruczynski is reminded how lucky he is to be a professional baseball player.

There is a grind associated with the day-to-…

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June 08, 2018

Galissia Cause already was the East Carolina record holder in the outdoor shot put and she ended her collegiate career Thursday night in All-America fashion, placing 10th in the shot put event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Ore. Taking 10th place garnered her second-team All-…

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June 07, 2018

East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin had been linked to the Mississippi State head coaching position this week, but Godwin confirmed Thursday that he is staying with the Pirates.

This is the second Southeastern Conference school that has shown interest in Godwin, who is an ECU alum and former…

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June 06, 2018

Just like last June, East Carolina baseball’s pitching ace is headed to the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

ECU Friday night starter Chris Holba was selected early in the final day of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday, going in the 11th round to the Cardinals. St. Louis also…

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