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Macy, ECU hit league play

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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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September 23, 2018

These questions appeared in The Daily Reflector’s Pirate Gameday section Saturday to preview East Carolina’s matchup at South Florida, which ended as a 20-13 victory for the favored Bulls.

Here are the answers and more insight from the game:

1. Will the East Carolina layoff play a role?…

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September 22, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. — In many ways it was a banner night for the East Carolina football defense Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.

A grind-it-out game ended as a 20-13 win for host South Florida, however, thanks to a few big plays.

Jordan Cronkrite delivered the crushing blow, dashing through…

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September 22, 2018

This ran in The Daily Reflector’s Pirate Gameday section Saturday morning to help preview East Carolina’s American Athletic Conference football opener at South Florida, which is 3-0 and sits just outside the Associated Press Top 25 rankings. 

The game starts at 8 p.m. on ESPNews.…

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September 22, 2018

It has been two weeks since East Carolina has played a football game, and the Pirates spent most of those days in Orlando, Fla., to avoid the direct impact of Hurricane Florence.

They left Orlando for Tampa on Friday and, similar to two weeks ago against North Carolina from the Atlantic Coast…

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September 22, 2018

Q: You had 90 receiving yards and a touchdown against North Carolina on Sept. 8, earning the game ball after the Pirates’ 41-19 win. What did you do with the ball?

A: I’m giving it to my son (5-year-old Quey), and it’s unbelievable just to be able to say that I can give that to my…

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September 21, 2018

Raymond James Stadium is set to host two primetime football games in the coming days, beginning Saturday when East Carolina plays at 3-0 South Florida at 8 p.m.

USF stages its home games at the stadium in Tampa more known as the venue for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.…

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September 20, 2018

Basketball schedules released by East Carolina and the American Athletic Conference this week have East Carolina hosting three men’s-women’s doubleheaders in Minges Coliseum, including two to begin the season.

ECU’s women, who went 16-15 last year for their first winning record…

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September 19, 2018

East Carolina could benefit from touchbacks and fair catches in Saturday night’s football matchup at South Florida.

USF freshman Terrence Horne raced to two kickoff return touchdowns already in a win against Georgia Tech on Sept. 8 to make him the only player in the country this year with…

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September 19, 2018

Joe Dooley’s second stint as East Carolina’s basketball coach will begin Nov. 6 with a home against Delaware State, which is part of the Pirates playing seven games in Minges Coliseum in November and 18 total for the 2018-19 season.

ECU released its schedule Wednesday afternoon and it…

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September 19, 2018

Temple made a big jump in the American Athletic Conference football beat writer rankings, and East Carolina also moved up a spot to eighth this week.

The Sunshine State occupies the top two spots, led again by steady Central Florida. South Florida takes over second place, has a 3-0 record and hosts…

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