SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011
Women’s hoops falls to East Carolina, 70-64
Senior Crystal Bell led JU with 13 points off the bench
Senior Crystal Bell led JU with 13 points off the bench
East Carolina used a strong second half to rally past the JU women’s basketball team for a 70-64 victory on Sunday at the Crescent Bank Carolina Challenge.

The Lady Pirates (6-3) shot near 60 percent from the floor in the second half (15-26, 57.7) to secure the comeback win. Shala Hodges scored 15 points to lead the Lady Pirates’ charge, while Tatiana Chapple scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half for the win.

“This game got away from us,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We played well in the first half, but got away from our strengths in the second half. We have to remain consistent for the full 40 minutes to secure the win.”

Senior Crystal Bell paced the Dolphins (1-9) with 13 points off the bench. Sophomore Jade Cargill recorded 11 points and 12 points for her first career double-double.

The Lady Pirates erased an eight-point, second-half deficit with a 13-0 run, capped on a Chapple layup, for a 48-43 lead (12:22). The Dolphins finally broke the charge with a Cargill layup, but the Lady Pirates followed with a 9-2 stretch for a 59-47 advantage with 7:41 remaining. JU chipped away and got the deficit in the final seconds to 68-62 on a three-pointer from sophomore Ciara McLee before running out of time.

McLee and junior Maggie Wilson each finished with 10 points for the Dolphins. Sophomore Abril Peeples added eight points in the loss.

In the first half, Britny Edwards had three straight buckets to give the Lady Pirates a 15-10 advantage (13:41). Edwards extended the ECU lead to 21-15 on a layup at 11:19. The Dolphins cut the deficit to 21-20 on a jumper and three-pointer by Wilson on consecutive trips. Bell added a three-pointer on the next possession to give the Dolphins their first lead with 9:41 left. ECU regained the 28-27 lead on a three-pointer in the final four minutes, but the Dolphins ended the half on three-pointers from freshman Britney Holliday, Bell and McLee to take a 36-31 advantage.

Edwards finished with 14 points and 18 rebounds for ECU, while Katie Paschal ended with day with seven points.

The Dolphins return to action on Wednesday at 5 p.m. against Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga.