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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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