No. 20 Wolfpack Dispatches No. 17 Florida State, 80-57
Jan. 16, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 20 NC State women’s basketball team (16-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) confidently handled one of its toughest tests of the 2013-14 season on Thursday night, handily defeating the visiting No. 17 Florida State Seminoles (14-3, 2-2 ACC) by a final score of 80-57.
The win was NC State’s 10th win in its last 11 games and keeps the Pack off to a perfect 10-0 start this season at Reynolds Coliseum. Thursday’s victory also marks NC State’s best start to a season since the 1981-82 team began its campaign at 19-2.
With 80 points, NC State became the first team this season to score 70 or more on the Seminoles in a single game.
Four Wolfpackers scored in double figures in the win, with Markeisha Gatling’s 20 points on 8-8 shooting leading the way. Kody Burke (16 points, 10 rebounds), Lakeesa Daniel (13 points), and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (12 points) also played large roles offensively. Daniel’s 13 points tied a career high and were crucial to the Pack’s success, as they were scored when Gatling was in foul trouble during the first half of the game.
NC State shot 28-60 (46.7 percent) from the field in the win and connected on nine of 22 three-point field goals (40.9 percent). The Wolfpack won the rebounding battle by four (42-38) and dished out 23 assists on 28 made field goals.
NC State got off to an exceptionally strong start on the offensive glass, collecting five early offensive rebounds en route to scoring four second-chance points to take a 14-8 lead 7:25 into the first half. The Wolfpack played strong defense in the early stages of the game as well, holding Florida State to 5-14 (35.7 percent) from the field.
Len’Nique Brown was accurate right from the start on Thursday, hitting her first two three-point field goal attempts. The first one was a milestone shot for the junior, putting her past 500 career points. Following the end of Thursday’s game, Brown has now scored 507 points in her combined career at USC (freshman season) and NC State.
Thanks to a great supporting role by Daniel, the Wolfpack extended its lead to 10 points (29-19) near the end of the first half. The senior shot 5-8 from the floor in the first half, scoring 12 points and also collecting four rebounds.
The Wolfpack would hold Florida State to 11-30 (36.7 percent) shooting from the field in the first half en route to taking a 37-26 advantage into the break. Daniel led all scorers with 12 points for the Pack, while Ivey Slaughter and Natasha Howard each scored eight for Florida State.
NC State refused to take its foot off the accelerator in the second half, extending its lead to 20 points (67-47) when freshman Miah Spencer stole a pass and drove the length of the floor to finish through contact. She completed the old-fashioned three-point play with 7:41 to play in the contest.
The Seminoles made a charge just a few minutes later, going on a 7-0 run of their own to pull within 12 points before Goodwin-Coleman drained a three-pointer to halt the surge in its tracks.
From that point on, State scored 10 of the final 13 points to close out the game.
NC State will next be in action on Sunday, Jan. 19 at Miami. The Wolfpack and Hurricanes will tip-off at 2 p.m. Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, and ESPN3, as well as a multitude of other regional networks throughout the country.