No. 20 NC State Falls at Miami, 80-71
Jan. 19, 2014
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The No. 20 NC State women’s basketball team (16-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) dropped just its second ACC game of the season on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Miami Hurricanes by a final score of 80-71.
The Wolfpack trailed by 12 points in the second half and constantly chipped away at this Hurricane lead, pulling within two with 2:29 remaining. Miami was then able to close the game out thanks to strong shooting down the stretch.
Senior center Markeisha Gatling had a strong day for the Wolfpack, scoring 25 points on 11-16 shooting from the field. She was joined in double figures by Kody Burke (13 points, seven rebounds) and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (13 points, six assists).
Miami was led by Krystal Saunders, who had a career day in the Hurricanes’ win. Saunders scored 22 points on 6-10 shooting and shot a red-hot 6-8 from beyond the three-point arc.
NC State outrebounded (45-42) and outshot (42%-38%) Miami (11-7, 3-2 ACC) but had difficulty overcoming 17 turnovers, miscues from which the Hurricanes scored 16 points.
Miami’s press defense forced NC State into a few early turnovers, and the Hurricanes held a 15-13 lead at the second media stoppage (11:35) of the first half. Junior guard Krystal Barrett was a key player for the Pack in the first part of the game, scoring six early points on 3-4 shooting. Her early scoring was only exceeded by Gatling’s, who scored seven points on 3-6 shooting in the first few minutes of the game.
Junior point guard Len’Nique Brown did a great job of preventing the lead from getting too much larger, as she stepped in the lane and took two crucial charge calls on streaking Miami guards.
Miami was able to extend its advantage throughout the first half due to solid three-point shooting, as the ‘Canes connected on 6-16 (37.5 percent) attempts from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes of the game. The Hurricanes also held a 23-15 edge in rebounding en route to taking a 42-31 halftime lead.
NC State shot well in the first half, connecting on 13 of 28 field-goal attempts (46.4 percent). Gatling scored a half-high 14 points for the Wolfpack, shooting 6-10 from the field. Barrett (six points) and Burke (five) were the Pack’s next highest scorers.
State came out of the locker room with an attacking intent, scoring the first four points of the half and ultimately cutting its deficit to eight points (54-46) at the first media stoppage (14:10) of the second half. The Wolfpack connected on six of its first 10 field-goal attempts to begin the second frame.
NC State used a 6-0 run over a 2:26 span in the middle portion of the second half to pull within five points (58-53) with 9:08 to play in the game. Goodwin-Coleman, Gatling, and Barrett all made field goals during this run.
The Pack then made it a one-possession game with just 4:05 to play when Goodwin-Coleman sank two free throws to pull her team within three points (66-63).
Trailing 68-63, a three-pointer by Burke pulled the Pack within two points with just 2:29 on the clock. Miami was able to close things out from this point, scoring 12 of the final 17 points to end the game at its final margin.
NC State will next be in action at home on Thursday, Jan. 23 vs. Boston College. The Wolfpack and Eagles will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum at 7 p.m.