Tulsa was able to rally to pull off an upset win over East Carolina in semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament last March, but that was another time.
The Golden Hurricane (11-15 overall, 5-10 in Conference USA) played with the Pirates (22-5, 10-4) close, but could not come out on top in a 78-69 loss Saturday at Minges Colisium in Greenville, N.C.
Ashley Clark produced a career-high 26 points to lead TU, Kadan Brady scored 11 and Antoinette Webster had 10, a career-best for her.
"Ashley was a warrior," Tulsa coach Matilda Mossman said. "She just kept attacking and Net was a big boost off the bench. She gave us good energy."
TU moved out in front twice in the early going, then went on a 9-2 run capped by a jumper from Webster to put it ahead 26-25 with 4:03 left in the first half. Another basket from Webster gave the Hurricane a 28-27 advantage over a minute and a half later. It never lead again.
The Pirates put together a 10-2 run to close the first half and lead 37-30 at the break.
Kristine Mial and J’Kyra Brown led East Carolina with 17 points each. Shae Nelson also scored 12 for the Pirates.
TU, who was out boarded 45-37, shot 40 percent (21-of-53) from the floor, 29 percent (2-of-7) from the 3-point range, and 74 percent (25-of-34) from the foul line. East Carolina finished with 39 percent (26-of-66) shooting, the same percentage in 3s (11-of-28), and hit 58 percent (15-of-26) in free throws.
TU will meet Charlotte at home Wednesday for its final regular season game. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Reynolds Center.