Jan. 20, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State women’s basketball team led by double digits with less than 10 minutes remaining, but 22nd-ranked Florida State rallied back to steal an ACC win, 82-74, Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
“We finally talked about the stretch we’re in,” said head coach Kellie Harper. “At one point, five of these seven ACC teams have been ranked. It’s not an excuse. It is what it is. We talked about how they have to keep believing and keep playing hard.”
All seven ACC opponents have a .500 or better record in league play.
Junior forward Kody Burke led NC State (8-11, 0-7 ACC) in points and rebounds with 16 and eight, respectively, while senior guard Marissa Kastanek chipped in 14 points and six rebounds of her own. Junior guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman and sophomore guard Krystal Barrett each contributed 10 points, while Barrett dished out a career-high eight assists.
“I played with a lot of confidence today,” Barrett said, who was inserted back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench the last two games.
The Pack shot 14-of-33 (.424) from the field in the first half, as Burke scored 10 points and Barrett dished out five assists, to give NC State a 35-33 lead heading into the locker rooms. The Seminoles shot exactly 10 percent less from the floor at 11-of-34 (.324), while being held scoreless from three-point range on eight attempts. Florida State managed to get to the free throw line 14 times, and connected on 11 to keep the game close.
The second half featured an energized NC State team out of the gates, as the Wolfpack used an 11-3 run to create its largest lead of the game at 63-51 with 9:24 left to play. It was all Florida State from that point forward, as the Seminoles countered with a 31-11 run over those final nine-plus minutes to complete the comeback and seal the eight-point victory.
“We need to just play together better as a team and find a way to get stops when we need them,” added Barrett.
Leonor Rodriguez led all scorers with 21 points and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line, while Alexa Deluzio added 19 points, and Chelsea Davis posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Florida State (15-3, 5-2 ACC)
“Every day I’m working to get our team better that day and I’m working to win the next game,” Harper said. “Those are the only two focuses that I have right now. I keep asking them to do it and they keep bouncing back, so we’ll try again.”
NC State finished the day shooting 31-of-65 (.477) from the field, 5-of-19 (.263) from three and 7-of-11 (.636) from the foul line. The Seminoles shot 23-of-58 (.397) overall, and 3-of-15 (.200) from beyond the arc, but their impressive 33-of-40 (.825) performance from the free throw line proved to be the difference-maker.
The Pack outscored Florida State 38-28 in the paint, 19-10 off the bench and 10-5 in fast-break scoring, while the Seminoles held a 25-18 advantage in points off turnovers and a 20-18 edge on second-chance baskets.
The Wolfpack will remain at home for its next contest when it hosts Virginia Tech on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.