Record crowd watches ECU defeat Presbyterian, 84-57

GREENVILLE, N.C.( ECU MEDIA RELATIONS)  – In front of a record crowd of 5,408, Jada Payne recorded her third double-double of the season with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as the East Carolina women’s basketball team collected an 84-57 victory over Presbyterian on Friday afternoon at Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum.


The announced attendance eclipsed 5,000 for the first time at an ECU women’s game in history and surpassed last year’s Education Day total of 4,935 spectators in the 89-60 win over Delaware on Nov. 21, 2014.


Payne missed just one shot overall on the day by going 11-for-12 from the field, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, while making a pair of free throw attempts. Her 11 field goals made were a career-high. The preseason all-conference second team choice now has 14-career double-doubles and three performances with at least 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals this season.


Marina Laramie added 16 points and six rebounds, while Khadidja Toure chipped in a career-high 14 points, five boards and three steals. I’Tiana Taylor also found double-figures for the first time on the year with 12 points, as ECU made at least 32 field goals for the third time in as many games.


The game began at a quick pace as both offenses found high-percentage shots and went 4-for-7, respectively, from the floor to keep the score tied, 9-9, into the first media timeout at the 3:57 mark. The score remained tied at 15 after a Blue Hose basket with 1:09 remaining, but back-to-back layups by Payne inside the final minute put the Pirates ahead by four at the end of the first quarter.


East Carolina (4-0) pushed its lead to seven, 24-17, after consecutive layups by Taylor forced Presbyterian (1-3) into calling its first timeout with 8:13 remaining in the second quarter. The Pirates extended their lead to double-digits, 28-17, after another layup by Taylor with 7:01 to go, before creating the largest advantage of the first half after back-to-back threes by Payne and Laramie put the purple and gold ahead, 40-24, with 1:38 left.


Payne shot a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor, complemented by four rebounds, five assists, three steals and no turnovers through the first 20 minutes of action.


ECU took a 42-27 lead into halftime and shot a scorching 17-for-27 (.630) from the field, 4-for-6 (.667) from 3-point range and 4-for-8 (.500) at the free throw line in the first half. Presbyterian shot 8-for-19 (.421), 2-for-7 (.286) beyond the arc and 9-for-11 (.818) at the foul stripe.


Payne continued to make shots, including each of the Pirates’ first three jumpers of the second half to move her streak to eight-straight shots and spark a 13-3 scoring run to push the lead to 55-30 at the media timeout with 4:56 on the game clock. ECU would keep its advantage over the Blue Hose at more than 20 points for the remainder of the contest.


East Carolina took a 63-40 ledger into the fourth quarter, before a Toure layup at the 7:12 mark gave the Pirates their largest lead of the game, 72-44. Presbyterian scored eight-straight points following Toure’s basket to cut its deficit to 20, but the ECU closed out the game with a 12-5 run to seal the 27-point victory.


The Pirates finished the day shooting 32-for-56 (.571) overall, 7-for-13 (.538) from three and 13-for-20 (.650) at the free throw line, while holding a 34-22 scoring advantage in the paint, 24-18 off turnovers and 18-10 on second chance baskets. The Blue Hose shot 18-for-43 (.419) from the field, 4-for-14 (.286) beyond the arc and 17-for-25 (.680) at the foul line.


East Carolina will make a quick turnaround and play at Delaware on Sunday, Nov. 22. Opening tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m., at the Bob Carpenter Center.

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