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East Carolina's Lashonda Monk, left, scores against Wake Forest's Gina Conti in Minges Coliseum on Nov. 24, 2018.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

The East Carolina women’s bas­ket­ball team’s los­ing skid hit three games Satur­day when it be­gan Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence play with a 68-57 loss at Tu­lane.

ECU (9-5, 0-1 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) hasn’t won since de­feat­ing South Carolina State 71-63 on Dec. 21.

Ariyana Williams came off the bench to score 15 points (all on 3-pointers) and starting point guard Lashonda Monk returned after a one-game absence and turned in a double-double of 11 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, seven assists and one turnover, but Tulane (11-3, 1-0) enjoyed a decisive rebounding advantage in the win. The Green Wave, which led 41-21 at halftime, finished with a 55-35 advantage in rebounds thanks in part to a huge game by Krystal Freeman.

Free­man achieved her third dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son by half­time. She fin­ished with 17 points and a ca­reer-best 20 re­bounds, which were the most boards by a Tu­lane player since March 11, 2011. Team­mate Kaila An­der­son had nine as­sists, match­ing ECU’s to­tal in as­sists.

Tu­lane ex­tended its win streak ver­sus the Pi­rates to five games. ECU is 1-6 against the Wave since join­ing the Amer­i­can.

The Pi­rates’ next two games will be at home, be­gin­ning with play­ing Wi­chita State on Wed­nes­day at 7 p.m. in Minges Coli­seum.

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January 16, 2019

East Carolina football head coach Mike Houston and his family are closing on a house this week and making the full move to Greenville next week.

Houston has made Greenville home basically since he was officially hired from James Madison on Dec. 3 to be the 22nd coach of the Pirates. He has been…

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January 16, 2019

East Carolina football has started its winter workouts with a heavy focus on the weight room under guidance from director of strength and conditioning John Williams Jr., but first-year head coach Mike Houston also has other plans for the Pirates as they continue to stride toward beginning spring…

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January 15, 2019

Shawn Williams was the 2018 American Athletic Conference basketball rookie of the year, and this season he has seen East Carolina teammate and freshman Jayden Gardner firmly put himself in position for a Pirate to potentially win the award for the second straight year.

Gardner’s outstanding…

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January 14, 2019

Jayden Gardner continues to thrive as a freshman basketball player for East Carolina, including recently taking over as the American Athletic Conference’s leading scorer, and his praise continued Monday when he was lauded again by the AAC.

Gardner was named the league’s co-freshman of…

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January 14, 2019

Ryan Robinson had a family member at the 2014 North Carolina-East Carolina football game, when the Pirates beat UNC 70-41 in front of an ECU record crowd of 51,082 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, and he received rave reviews about that afternoon in Greenville.

As Robinson is entering Week 2 in his role…

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January 14, 2019

College baseball banter picked up Monday morning with the release of the D1baseball.com preseason Top 25 rankings, which had East Carolina at No. 11.

ECU, which was already picked as the preseason favorite in the American Athletic Conference and also last week was ranked No. 11 by Perfect Game, was…

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January 13, 2019

Jayden Gardner’s massive game for the East Carolina basketball team was not enough for the Pirates in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.

The freshman post player posted an incredible double-double of 35 points and 20 rebounds while his team surged to outscore Central Florida 39-38 in the second half,…

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January 13, 2019

Jayden Gardner’s free throw routine begins pretty basic. He dribbles a few times, mixed in with a couple of spins of the basketball.

Then he goes off script.

One dribble to the far right is followed by Gardner’s body regrouping to the center, and he rises up to shoot as his feet leave…

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January 12, 2019

The East Carolina women’s basketball team tip-toed out of the gate against Tulsa on Saturday afternoon.

The visiting Golden Hurricane roared out, taking a 14-0 lead and never relenting in an easy 75-55 victory in American Athletic Conference action in Minges Coliseum.

The loss for the Pirates…

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January 12, 2019

East Carolina and Tulsa occupy two of the top five spots in the American Athletic Conference women’s basketball standings heading into their matchup today in Minges Coliseum.

The game will provide a solid opportunity for ECU (10-5, 1-1) to record a quality win and to add to its 8-1 home…

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