March 14, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Guard Kristine Mial came off the bench to lead a balanced Pirates' attack with 17 points as second-seeded East Carolina rolled past No. 10 seed Southern Miss, 89-60, in the C-USA Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinals on Thursday evening in the Tulsa Convention Center.
Southern Miss wrapped up its season with a 15-16 final record, a plus-two over last season.
The Pirates trailed by three at 5-2 a minute and a half into the game and again by one at 8-7 with 16:32 left in the first half, but led the rest of the way. On top by 38-29 at the break, East Carolina went up by double digits for good at 45-35 4:12 into the second half and held a 20-plus point advantage over the final over the final 8:43.
With the win, East Carolina improves to 22-8 on the year and advances to Thursday's semifinals where the Pirates will face Tulsa in the BOK Center. Tipoff for that ballgame is slated for 12:30 p.m. (CDT) and will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
Mial, the C-USA Sixth Player of the Year, was 8-of-14 from the field and also led the team with nine rebounds while contributing three assists and a trio of steals. Center Britny Edwards was next with 16 points forward Whitny Edwards and guard Kyani White had 12 each. White led the Pirates with five assists and four steals.
As a team, East Carolina hit 47.3 percent of its field goals (35-of-74), including a 19-of-37 showing in the second half (.514). The Pirates held a 45-35 rebounding advantage, turned 20 offensive rebounds into 18 second chance points and outscored the Golden Eagles in the paint 42-28. In addition, ECU forced 22 turnovers - including 15 via steal - and scored 15 points off the miscues.
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