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East Carolina’s Taniyah Thompson shoots over SMU defenders in Minges Coliseum earlier this season.

The East Carolina women’s basketball team’s shot at consecutive American Athletic Conference wins was dashed Tuesday night with a 53-45 defeat at SMU.

The Mustangs (10-13, 4-7) stopped their three-game losing streak and secured a regular-season sweep over ECU (5-18, 2-8). The Pirates lost despite freshman Taniyah Thompson scoring a game-high 23 points.

Thompson had 14 points and two steals in the first quarter, pacing the Pirates to an 18-15 edge.

ECU led 40-39 on a Dominique Claytor basket with 8:56 left to play when SMU went on a key 7-0 run. ECU was outscored 14-7 in the fourth quarter.

- The Daily Reflector