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    No. 20 Wolfpack Falls at No. 13 North Carolina, 79-70
     
    Len'Nique Brown tied her career high with nine assists Thursday night.
    Len'Nique Brown tied her career high with nine assists Thursday night.
     

    Jan. 9, 2014

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    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 20 NC State women’s basketball team (14-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) endured its first loss since Nov. 29 on Thursday night, falling at No. 13 North Carolina by a final score of 79-70.

    The Wolfpack was hot early and would lead by as many as 10 points in the first half, but UNC used a 26-8 run over the final 7:55 of the first half to seize control of the game. Though North Carolina (13-3, 1-1 ACC) would extend its lead as far as 17 points in the second half, State fought back and was able to cut it to five on three separate occasions in the final 2:57.

    For the eighth time this season, four or more Wolfpackers scored in double figures. Markeisha Gatling led the way with 18 points while Kody Burke (16), Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (14), and Krystal Barrett (11) all had strong offensive games.

    North Carolina was led in scoring by Diamond DeShields, who contributed a game-high 21 points. She also collected nine rebounds, tying for a game high with teammate Xylina McDaniel. The Tar Heels shot 28-55 (50.9 percent) from the field and made more free throws (21) than the Wolfpack attempted (16).

    NC State got off to a strong start in the game, running out to an early 9-2 advantage courtesy of five early points from Burke. The Pack and Tar Heels would trade baskets ahead of the first media stoppage of the game (15:29), with State holding an 11-4 lead.

    Strong shooting by Goodwin-Coleman extended State’s advantage to 10 points (19-9) at the 12:45 mark, forcing the Tar Heels to take a timeout. In the span of 71 seconds, the senior drained two shots from distance to put State comfortably in front.

    UNC would effectively battle back over the course of the next few minutes, taking its first lead of the game with 4:39 remaining in the half when DeShields scored a fast-break layup. The Tar Heels would ultimately end the final 7:55 of the half on a 26-8 run, taking a 45-29 lead into the halftime break.

    State would open the second half on fire, ripping off a quick 8-0 run in just the first 51 seconds of the frame to pull within 10 points (48-38). Goodwin-Coleman and Barrett each made early three-pointers and Gatling scored a basket down low during this stretch.

    NC State made its late charge when a free throw by Gatling cut the lead to 12 (69-57) with 5:09 remaining. Quick buckets by Barrett and Goodwin-Coleman then trimmed the lead to seven before Gatling sank two more free throws to pull the Pack within five (71-66).

    The Wolfpack would pull within five two more times (73-68 and 75-70) before the Tar Heels were able to put the game away from the free-throw line.

    No. 20 NC State will next be in action on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Wake Forest. The Wolfpack and Demon Deacons will tip-off at 2 p.m. from Winston-Salem.

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