Nov. 30, 2009
IRVING, Texas -
Two weeks into the 2009-10 season, East Carolina has raced out to a Conference USA best 6-0 start, the second time in program history (1972-73) and the first since the NCAA officially recognized women's basketball in 1982. The Pirates have won 15 of their last 19 non-conference games and 20 of their last 25 contests at Minges Coliseum.
ECU continues its solid scoring pace from a year ago, averaging a league-best 76.5 points per game as well as pacing C-USA at 49.0 percent shooting.
Head Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener needs just one more win to match Catherine Bolton as the winningest head coach in program history.
C-USA Women's Basketball Notebook
A pair of the top match-ups this week includes No. 13 Georgia hosting UAB and Southern Miss traveling to No. 22 Mississippi State. In addition, UCF returns to action Wednesday at Jacksonville. The Knights have been idle since Nov. 20.
UPCOMING GAMES (all times central)
Tue., December 1
Tulane at South Alabama 7 p.m.
Tulsa at Central Arkansas 7 p.m.
UAB at 13/19 Georgia 7 p.m.
Western New Mexico at UTEP 7:05 p.m.
Wed., December 2
VCU at East Carolina 6 p.m.
Marshall at Cleveland State 6 p.m.
UCF at Jacksonville 6 p.m.
SMU at North Texas 7 p.m.
Southern Miss at RV/22 Mississippi State 7 p.m.
Fri., December 4
Kansas State Tournament (Manhattan, Kan.)
UTEP vs. Missouri State 3 p.m.
Memphis at Florida International 6 p.m.
Tulsa at Marist 6:30 p.m.
Alcorn State at Southern Miss 7 p.m.
GENE HACKERMAN INVITATIONAL
UT-Pan American at Rice 7 p.m.
BIG EASY CLASSIC (New Orleans, La.)
Prairie View A&M at Tulane 7 p.m.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
BRITTANY CARTER, MEMPHIS
5-9, So.-RS-TR, G (Covington, Ga./Georgia)
Carter established a new Conference USA and Memphis (men's or women's) single game scoring record with a 49-point performance over Sacramento State Friday. She also had 11 rebounds for her second career double-double in just five games. She averaged 33.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 steals for the week, while shooting 52.3 percent from the field and 73.1 from the charity stripe. Carter was also named to the all-tournament team. The 49 points also set a Husky Classic scoring record, a women's basketball single game scoring record for the Washington arena and tied the all-time arena record. Carter came down with an illness Saturday night before the Tigers' faced Eastern Washington, but finished with 18 points. This is Carter's first Player of the Week honor.
Danielle Johnson, Southern Miss
6-0, Fr., G (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Johnson finished the week averaging 9.7 points and 2.3 rebounds. She scored a season-high 17 points against Jackson State in the opening game of the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic on 6-of-10 shooting, including 5-of-6 from behind the arc. Johnson followed with a 12-point scoring performance against nationally ranked Georgia, connecting on 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. She also handed out seven assists and shot 46.7 percent from 3-point range. This is her first Freshman of the Week honor.
2009-10 CONFERENCE USA WEEKLY AWARDS
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
N16 Pauline Love, Southern Miss
N23 Courtney Taylor, Houston
N30 Brittany Carter, Memphis
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
N16 Jala Harris, UAB
N23 Nicole Dickson, Memphis
N30 Danielle Johnson, Southern Miss