Jan. 29, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - A game-high 20 points from Kody Burke led NC State to a 65-53 win at Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon from Cassell Coliseum. The Wolfpack improves to 13-0 all-time against the Hokies.
NC State (14-8, 4-5 ACC) also got 12 points from both Bonae Holston and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman.
Aerial Wilson and Monet Tellier paced Virginia Tech (7-15, 3-6 ACC) with 16 points apiece.
Maybe it just took getting away from Reynolds Coliseum for shots to start falling for the Wolfpack after consecutive tough shooting nights against North Carolina and Florida State.
The first three attempts from beyond the arc went through the hoop and it was 11-2 in favor of State just four minutes into action.
The lead was cut down to 11-6, before the Hokies hit a dry spell for the next 5:12. In the meantime, State pounded it inside and made five free throws, and later a bucket from Holston made it 20-9 with 8:29 until halftime.
Tellier, coming off a 31-point effort Thursday in an upset victory at No. 8 Maryland, missed her first 10 shots of the afternoon. Her first bucket, a toe-on-the line jumper, made it 25-13.
State responded with the next eight points, including back-to-back three-pointers from Emili Tasler and Goodwin-Coleman for a 33-13 lead.
Tech scored six in a row as the Pack went scoreless for four minutes, but Goodwin-Coleman connected on her third three-pointer as the intermission buzzer sounded for a 36-19 lead at the half.
State shot 50.0 percent (11-of-22) from the field in the opening half, while Virginia Tech fired up a staggering 42 shots, but made only nine for 21.4%.
Burke showed her range again with a second three-pointer at the 13:36 juncture of the second half for a 44-27 lead.
Tellier finally caught fire in the early stages of the second half, scoring eight-straight points to bring the Hokies to within 13, 46-33 at the 12:01 mark.
Tech would cut its deficit to 11 points on multiple occasions, but could never muster a real threat.
Erica Donovan willed a conventional three-point play with just over four minutes left, giving State a 59-41 advantage, before closing out with a double-digit win, the third road victory in conference play.
After shooting less than 30.0 percent the last two games, the Pack finished at 42.2%, while Tech fired at just 28.6 percent.
NC State visits Georgia Tech on Thursday at 7 p.m., looking for revenge from a 76-66 setback to the Yellow Jackets back on Jan. 2 at Reynolds Coliseum.
The next home game is Sunday, Feb. 5 against Virginia at 2 p.m.