No. 18 Wolfpack Topples No. 8 Terrapins, 72-63
Jan. 30, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - Buoyed by a 28-10 run over the course of the final 12:21, the No. 18 NC State women's basketball team (19-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned a hard-fought 72-63 victory over the visiting No. 8 Maryland Terrapins Thursday evening inside Reynolds Coliseum.
The win was State's fourth over a ranked team this season, improving the Pack to 4-1 against opponents in the Associated Press top 25. It also improved the Wolfpack to a perfect 12-0 this season within the friendly confines of Reynolds Coliseum.
Thursday's victory over Maryland (16-4, 4-3 ACC) marked NC State's first win over a top-10 foe since a 75-73 win over No. 5 Duke in the 2012 ACC Tournament. It was State's first victory over a top-10 foe at home since the 2006-07 team defeated No. 2 North Carolina at home on Feb. 16, 2007.
The Wolfpack was led in scoring by Myisha Goodwin-Coleman's `16 points. The senior is now just 10 shy of 1,000 in her career. Markeisha Gatling (15 points) and Len'Nique Brown (12) also scored in double figures for the Pack. Maryland's Lexie Brown scored a game-high 20 for the Terrapins while her two-time All-American teammate Alyssa Thomas scored 18 points on 9-13 shooting.
NC State got off to a strong start, taking a 6-0 lead by hitting three of its first four shots. Four of the six points came from made field goals by Brown. State's defense held up well in the early stages of the game, as the Terrapins began the contest shooting 0-3 from the field.
Maryland would answer back immediately and emphatically, going on a 12-0 run over the course of the next 4:06 to double up the Wolfpack.
Trailing 27-18, NC State ripped off a 9-0 run over the course of the next 69 seconds to pull the game level (27-27) when Brown laid one in with 4:01 to play in the first half. Key during this run was the play of freshman Miah Spencer, who scored five points during this stretch.
Maryland was able to reclaim a five-point advantage (38-33) as the teams went into the halftime break. In the first half, the Terrapins shot 16-30 (53.3 percent) from the field and 5-9 (55.6 percent) from three-point range. The Pack went 16-31 (51.6 percent) from the field but shot 0-6 from distance during the first half.
NC State pulled within three points (47-44) early in the second half, but Maryland answered with a 6-0 run to take a 53-44 lead.
The Pack showed great fortitude over the next 6:17, adeptly piecing together an 11-0 run to take a 55-53 advantage with 6:04 remaining in the contest. During this run, State held Maryland to an 0-7 mark from the field.
Over the course of the final six minutes, State outscored Maryland 17-10 to end the game at its final score.
NC State will next be in action on Thursday, Feb. 6 at home vs. Wake Forest. The Wolfpack and Demon Deacons will tip off at 7 p.m. with the action set to be broadcast live on Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, as well as a host of other outlets. Additional details will be provided during the week leading up to the game.