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East Carolina's Destiny Campbell (44) drives to the basket Wednesday night in Minges Coliseum.

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By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The score was tied only briefly Wednesday night in Minges Coliseum for women’s basketball action.

East Carolina and Grand Canyon were deadlocked, 24-24, for exactly 12 seconds before ECU produced a game-changing rally late in the second quarter and the Pirates stayed in front the rest of the way for a 59-47 win.

It was tied with 4:37 remaining in the first half. Balanced scoring by ECU (3-0) and dominance in rebounding took over from there and helped catapult the hosts to a 46-33 lead to begin the fourth quarter.

“I think as a team we just rallied together and we knew that we needed to get a gap in the game,” said Pirate forward Tamia Hicks, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds to help her squad to a 42-25 advantage on the boards.

Starting in the post alongside Hicks was Destiny Campbell, who tied with Raven Johnson with 12 points each. ECU’s rebounding edge helped it attempt 60 shots, although the Pirates only went 2-of-15 from 3-point range.

This marks the fifth time in six years that the Pirates have started their season with three straight victories. They began 1-4 a year ago.

“(The players) are doing everything that we are asking them to do, and it’s not easy to win at this level,” interim head coach Chad Killinger said. “That is regardless of who you are playing night in and night out. There are a lot of good coaches throughout the country and you have to be willing to make adjustments.”

The Pirates closed the first half on a 10-0 surge for a 34-24 lead.

The run started with a 3-pointer by Johnson. Desiree Corbin had the final points with a conventional three-point play in the paint, making it a 10-point edge with 1:46 remaining in the half.

Grand Canyon (1-1) shot 61.5 percent in the first quarter, then cooled from the floor and finished at 39.1 percent for the game.

Nine different players scored for the Pirates. Salita Green had six points and seven rebounds. In addition to her 12 points, Johnson grabbed six rebounds.

East Carolina opened the scoring for the third quarter with a long jumper by Campbell for a 36-24 edge.

The closest Grand Canyon got to the lead during the fourth was a seven-point deficit.

Campbell was perfect from the field in the first quarter, dropping in four buckets for eight points. Her drive to the basket and reverse layup gave the Pirates a 16-5 lead during the opening five minutes.

“Our team has been good about finding the person who has the hot hand and getting them the ball, like Destiny Campbell because she was hot early,” Killinger said.

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

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