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    NC State Falls To In-State Foe No. 24 North Carolina, 60-50
     
    Kody Burke
    Kody Burke
     

    Jan. 22, 2012

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's basketball team couldn't overcome shooting a season-low 27.8 percent in a 60-50 loss to No. 24 North Carolina Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.

    The contest was tied at halftime, but the Tar Heels pulled away with a 12-3 run late in the second half to earn its second-straight win, and improve to 14-5 (4-2 ACC).

    State (13-7, 3-4 ACC) had its three-game winning streak snapped despite a game-high 20 points from junior Marissa Kastanek. That figure represents her fourth 20-point game of the season and 11th of her career for the Lincoln, Neb., native.

    "We're obviously disappointed that we're not walking out of here with a win today," said head coach Kellie Harper. "North Carolina did what they needed to do to get the win."

    Sophomore Kody Burke surpassed both the 500-point milestone and the 300-rebound mark with her 10 points and eight rebounds.

    Despite shooting just 27.8 percent (20-of-72) for the game, the Wolfpack was still in the game down just two, 43-41, after an elbow jumper from Lakeesa Daniel with 10:31 left.

    And it was still only a four-point deficit, 48-44, after Myisha Goodwin-Coleman connected on a three-pointer with 6:38 to go.

    But that was the last shot that would go in for the Pack over the next 5:53. During that dry spell, UNC scored the next seven points to march out to a 55-44 advantage with less than a minute to play.

    Two late three's from Kastanek was all State could muster in the final minute.

    "Unfortunately, in the ACC, you need to shoot better than 27-percent to get a win," said Harper. "We took way too many three's in the first half."

    The first half was riddled with turnovers by both teams, with NC State and UNC coughing up the ball a combined 23 times, including 14 by the Tar Heels.

    The Wolfpack led the majority of the first half, and built a six-point advantage on three occasions, the final time on a free throw by freshman Krystal Barrett that made it 14-8 with 11:59 until halftime.

    Still up by four points, the Tar Heels scored the final two buckets of the stanza to tie the game at 28-all going into the break.

    Both teams came out of the locker room to a slow start, scoring a combined seven points in the first five minutes of play. North Carolina went on an 8-0 run to grab a 37-32 lead, but the Wolfpack answered back with a 5-0 run to tie the game up at 37-all after Erica Donovan drilled a three-pointer with 12:31 left.

    UNC's Krista Gross tipped in a missed shot from Tierra Ruffin-Pratt on the next possession and NC State was unable to regain the lead after that, as the Tar Heels began to slowly pull away, gaining a 48-41 advantage with eight minutes left.

    The shots began to run dry for the Wolfpack, who made just six field goals in the final 10 minutes of play.

    Senior Emili Tasler could not recapture the form she displayed last time out with a career-high 16 points at Clemson on Thursday, but did haul in a career-tying best eight rebounds and distributed a game-leading six assists.

    Chay Shegog and Candace Wood led UNC with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

    NC State will return to action on Friday, Jan. 27, against Florida State. The game will be held in Reynolds Coliseum, with tip-off set for 6:30 p.m., and will be televised on the Regional Sports Network and ESPN3.


     

     

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