The MTSU women’s basketball team broke open a close game in the second half, outscoring East Carolina 37-25 to roll to a key 70-59 Conference USA win on the road on Wednesday night.
MTSU trailed 34-33 at the half, but built a 10-point lead at 46-36 in the second half and never looked back.
ECU got as close at six points at one point, but the Lady Raiders pulled away to become the first team to beat the Pirates on their home court in 27 games.
MTSU, the leader in Conference USA and ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press poll and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches poll, improved to 24-3 overall and 13-1 in C-USA. ECU fell to 21-6 and 9-5.
Senior forward Ebony Rowe led the charge with a game-high 23 points and six rebounds, but she got plenty of help. Senior post KeKe Stewart had 18 points, including making 13-of-16 at the free-throw stripe, and junior point guard Shanice Cason had 16 points and eight rebounds. She made a team-high three 3-pointers.
ECU led by as many as 11 points in the first half, 21-10, at the 10:25 mark, but MTSU roared back to close within one point at intermission. The Lady Raiders outscored the Pirates 23-13 after facing their biggest deficit.
MTSU returns to action at home for the final time on Saturday for Senior Day when it plays host to UAB. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.