No. 20 Wolfpack Wins at Wake Forest, 62-54
Jan. 12, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 20 NC State women’s basketball team (15-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got back to its winning ways Sunday afternoon at Wake Forest, defeating the Demon Deacons by a final score of 62-54 inside Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
The win sets the Pack off to a 2-1 start in ACC play, its best such beginning to a conference season since the 2006-07 campaign.
NC State rebounded from a tough first half in which both teams shot less than 27 percent from the field. The Wolfpack carried a six-point lead into the halftime break and never let its advantage get cut to less than three points throughout the final 20 minutes.
State and Wake Forest (9-7, 0-3 ACC) each made the same number of free throws (15) in the contest, despite the Demon Deacons shooting 11 more than the Wolfpack.
Senior forward Kody Burke scored a game-high 19 points, headlining three Wolfpackers who scored at least 10 points or more. Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (14 points) and Markeisha Gatling (12 points, 14 rebounds) also chipped in effectively on the offensive end. Including Gatling’s 14 rebounds, three NC State student-athletes recorded at least seven rebounds (Burke and Krystal Barrett).
The teams combined for a slow start, making just nine of their first 34 field goals as State worked its way out to a 13-11 lead at the under-eight media timeout. Burke was very important for the Pack in the early stages of the game, connecting on four field goals and two free throws to score 12 points. Sunday’s game marked the 70th time in Burke’s career that she scored 10 points or more.
NC State would extend its lead to seven points (20-13) with 22 seconds left in the frame and would take a six-point advantage (20-14) into the halftime break. The Pack shot 6-23 (26.1 percent) from the field in the first half while Wake operated at a 5-27 (18.5 percent) clip. The Demon Deacons went 4-13 from the free-throw line in the first frame and missed more FTs (9) than NC State attempted.
The Pack extended its lead to 10 points very quickly in the second half, hitting four of its first five shots to take a 30-20 lead and force a Wake Forest timeout just 3:01 into the second frame.
State would repeatedly push its advantage into double figures, but the Demon Deacons kept hanging around. The Wolfpack went on a 5-0 run to take a 10-point advantage (53-43) with 4:50 remaining in the game, and wouldn’t let the Demon Deacons get any closer than within five points the rest of the way.
NC State will next be in action at home on Thursday, Jan. 16 when nationally ranked Florida State comes to Reynolds Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.