Feb. 5, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State fell to Virginia, 55-47, at home on Sunday afternoon. The Wolfpack moves to 14-10 (4-7 ACC) with the loss, while the Cavaliers are now 17-8 (5-6 ACC).
Marissa Kastanek and Bonae Holston were both able to get into double digits in scoring, with Kastanek finishing with a team-high 12 points, all from behind the arc, and Holston putting up 10, and tying her career-high with 16 rebounds to notch her seventh double-double of the season.
"First of all, we need to give Virginia credit for coming in and being tough, and doing what they did," said head coach Kellie Harper. "They are very tough. I'm disappointed in our lack of execution offensively; we just didn't have the focus that we needed to get a win in the ACC."
NC State shot just 29.1 percent (16-of-55) from the field, compared to Virginia's 35.1 percent (20-of-57).
"Virginia is a nice size (team), and they do a good job of protecting the paint," Harper said. "We have a tendency to try to win the basketball game in the first ten seconds of a possession. Instead of waiting for a shot that's great, we’ve settled for good shots.”
Virginia got out to an early lead, holding NC State scoreless over eight minutes to start the game. The Wolfpack turned the ball over eight times early, and didn't make a bucket until Emili Tasler drained a jumper to make it 8-2 with 11:38 left in the first half.
Kastanek and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman sank back-to-back three's, and Holston hit a layup and a free throw to cut NC State's deficit down to 15-11 with 6:17 on the clock.
Tasler hit her second shot from behind the arc in as many attempts, followed by a fastbreak three by Kastanek to bring the Wolfpack to within one point, 22-21, to close out the first half.
Virginia scored the first four points coming out of the break, but Holston hit a layup with just under 16 minutes to play to give NC State its first lead of the game, 27-26.
But the resilient Cavaliers answered back with a 12-1 run to gain a 38-28 advantage after a jumper from Telia McCall with 12:13 left.
The shots continued to fall for the Cavaliers, as they opened up a 53-35 lead with 3:52 to play. The Wolfpack closed the gap over the final couple minutes of play with a 12-0 run. A layup from Holston with five seconds left got State to within six, 53-47.
NC State will return to action on Thursday, Feb. 9, against non-conference foe Longwood. The game will be held in Reynolds Coliseum, with tip-off set for 7 p.m.