RICHMOND, Va. – East Carolina captured its first road win of the season Saturday afternoon, defeating Richmond 71-60 in a non-conference contest at the Robins Center. It was the first meeting between the former Colonial Athletic Association rivals since 2001.
Kristen Gaffney netted 20 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the campaign. She has now scored 20 or more points in four games. Khadidja Toure also reached double figures with 12 points to go along with five rebounds. Also stuffing the stat sheet was Alex Frazier who matched her season high with six assists as well as corralling a season-high seven rebounds.
Lauren Tolson paced the Spiders with 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Micaela Parson added 15 points and Ragan Wiseman finished with 10.
ECU shot 41.9 percent from the field, knocking down 26 of 62 attempts, while limiting Richmond to 32.2 percent (19 of 59). The Pirates also dominated the glass, pulling down a season-best 50 rebounds (15 offensive) to the Spiders’ 34. East Carolina shared the basketball very well, notching 19 assists. The teams combined for 32 turnovers in a physical contest.
Head Coach Heather Macy:
“Road wins are really tough. I am glad for us to come out of here with a win against a good Richmond team. We can take a lot of positive things away from this basketball game, particularly that we can throw it inside. I thought the way we defended and rebounded was really good and you could tell how much we have worked on that during the break.”
On Spreading the Ball Around
“At the half, we had 11 assists on 15 buckets and that’s how we want to play basketball. We did a nice job sharing the ball and we were successful within our system. I am really proud of our kids for giving a consistent effort the whole 40 minutes.”
On Kristen Gaffney
“She knows that we have a lot of confidence in her. She got to the line 12 times and that is a lot for one game. If she had knocked a few more down, we are talking about her scoring 30 today.”
On Getting Ready for the Upcoming Conference Slate
“Our non-conference schedule has really done a great job of preparing us for league play. The way we are defending and rebounding is really going to help us.”
FEast Carolina its largest advantage of the game when she put the ball back off a miss to push the Pirate lead to 60-37 and Kylie Murphree hit a free throw to leave ECU up by 22 going to the final stanza.
East Carolina welcomes Southern University to Minges Coliseum Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.