ECU women drop AAC opener
Staff, wire reports
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.