Feb. 9, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Led by 14 points and seven rebounds by Erica Donovan, the NC State women's basketball team (15-10) defeated Longwood, 74-45, at Reynolds Coliseum on Thursday night.
"I liked the vibe in the locker room before the game, during the game and after the game," said head coach Kellie Harper. "I think our players have a good focus right now moving forward. I think they are recommitted to what we need to do to be successful."
The Wolfpack had 13 different players see action on the court, with each contributing at least one point in the win. NC State had three players score in double figures - Bonae Holston (13), Kody Burke (10) and Donovan’s 14.
Holston is now just four points of shy of 1,500 career points, and also moved past Khadijah Whittington (2005-08) into 14th place on the all-time scoring list at NC State.
Freshman Krystal Barrett got her first collegiate start in place of Marissa Kastanek, and she tied her career-high in steals with four, while Donovan's seven rebounds were a career high.
Kastanek, who sat out with a lingering ankle issue, missed the first game of her career, snapping a stretch of 89-consecutive games played.
NC State shot 46.9 percent from the field off of 30-of-64 shooting, compared to just 36 percent by Longwood. The Wolfpack also beat the Lancers on the boards, 47-23.
"Last year, when we played Fairfield around this time, and it ended up being very good for us," said Harper. "We probably needed it less this year than in years past, but this was our bye week, so we ended up putting the game in here.
"We wanted to try to do some different things, we were able to work on different defenses and get a lot of people in the game. We needed to use today to get better."
The Wolfpack scored the first eight points of the game, holding the Lancers scoreless until Chelsea Coward hit a fastbreak jumper at the 13:32 mark. Longwood brought the game within four points, before NC State went on an 18-0 run to take a 28-6 lead.
The Wolfpack went into intermission up 35-14.
Coming out of the locker room, NC State continued to increase its advantage, building a 49-23 lead by the 14:15 mark.
Both teams stepped up their shooting in the second half, with Longwood making 50 percent of its shots and the Pack shooting 51.9 percent.
Red-shirt senior Paige Woodard made her first career three-pointer to give the Wolfpack a 31-point, 69-37, lead. Senior Kim Durham drilled another three and sophomore Breezy Williams added two points in the final seconds to give NC State a 74-45 win.
Erin Neal, from Durham, N.C., led Longwood with 15 points, and Coward added 10.
NC State will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 12, in Reynolds Coliseum for the sold-out Hoops 4 Hope game. The Wolfpack will take on Wake Forest at 5 p.m.