Pirates fall to Virginia, 72-50

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— The East Carolina women’s basketball team lost 72-50 to the Virginia Cavaliers in the team’s final game of the Cavalier Classic on Sunday in their first real road test of the season at John Paul Jones Arena.

The first quarter, and then finally the game, was one in which the Pirates (5:2) simply couldn’t find any flow. A long review that only resulted in a common foul Synia Johnson didn’t help as Virginia (8-0) came out of the break with better execution and put on a 6-0 run to force an ECU timeout at 14-7 with less than two players to play at half-time .

Morgan Moseley was a bright spot for the Pirates in the first quarter, scoring six points without a miss from the field, including two post-time-time baskets that reduced the deficit to just three after a quarter of play.

It was Virginia who got the foothold first in the second quarter, extending her lead slightly before breaking it to an 11-point lead with a 48-second 7-0 run. The Cavaliers did this largely by rebounding ECU, including five on offense, resulting in 10 second chance points.

However, the Pirates woke up late in the first half and put in an 8-2 run of their own that was completely over Danae McNeal. McNeal scored all eight points, four of which came from Virginia turnovers. McNeal would lead the Pirates with 14 points in the game. ECU went into the break with a fighting deficit of only 31:25.

The second half was a different story but was enhanced by some of the same qualities that gave the Cavaliers their advantage in the first half. Virginia began to assert her dominance in the third quarter, showing the quality that had led her to an undefeated start to the season. It was a second half where it seemed like a 50-50 ball would simply refuse to go the Pirates’ way. The team shot 2-14 from the field in the third as Virginia extended the lead to 21 at 53-32.

Although the score was closer in the fourth quarter, the story was similar. The pirates finally made a pair of threes thanks Micah Dennis and Jayla Hearp but finished the game with a 56-25 rebound and conceded 25 second chance points.


The Pirates will tour again on Thursday, December 1, to tipping over with George Mason at 7:00 p.m. in Fairfax, Virginia.