A third consecutive fourth-quarter rally ended in a third straight disappointing loss for the East Carolina women’s basketball team on Tuesday night.
The Pirates (1-3) erased a six-point deficit in the final 3:24 to force overtime but fell 71-65 to William & Mary (3-1) in a sparsely attended game at Minges Coliseum marred by 48 turnovers and 29 missed free throws.
ECU committed 26 turnovers and made just 10 of 20 free throws, including 1 of 4 in overtime. The Tribe converted only 23 of 42 trips to the line but made 10 of 12 in overtime. Junior guard Bianca Boggs was 4 of 4 from the line and scored six of her 17 points in the extra period.
The Pirates were coming off a pair of down-to-the-wire losses against UNC Wilmington and Richmond. ECU erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Seahawks, pulled even with 4:16 to go and trailed by one with 22 seconds left before falling 66-62.
Against Richmond, the Pirates rallied from six down and led by one with 1:38 left but fell 65-64.
On Tuesday, ECU led by as much as eight on three occasions in the first half, the last time at 25-17. After four lead changes in the third period, the Pirates used a 14-4 run to lead 36-29 on a three-pointer by freshman guard Necole Hope at the 2:31 mark.
Sophomore forward Victoria Reynolds then scored six of her 13 points in a 7-0 run to pull William & Mary even heading into the final quarter of regulation. Six straight points by 6-4 senior Abby Rendle, who turned in a triple-double with career highs of 25 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocks, gave the Tribe their biggest lead at 54-48 with 4:07 to go.
After a layup by ECU sophomore guard Raven Johnson, a bucket by Boggs extended the lead to 56-50 with 3:24 to go, but William & Mary failed to score again from the field in the quarter. The Tribe also missed 6 of 8 free throws in the waning minutes,
Dominique Claytor’s drive in the lane tied it at 59-59 with 33 seconds showing.Junior guard Alex Frazier had a chance to win it with just two seconds left but missed two free throws.
Johnson, who finished with a team-high 12 points, gave ECU its last lead at 64-63 with 2:06 left in overtime, but the Tribe made 8 of 10 free throws to secure the win.
Jenna Green added 12 points for William & Mary, which shot 23 of 58 from the field for 37.8 percent and 2 of 7 from three-point range for 28.6 percent.
Claytor, a sophomore, finished with a double-double for ECU with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Ariyanna Williams added 11 points, and senior center Thais Oliveira had 10 points.
ECU will play in the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend in East Orange, N.J., opening against Jacksonville State on Saturday.