Feb. 12, 2012
Halftime Show Featuring Scotty McCreery
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State went cold at the wrong time Sunday, suffering a four-minute field goal drought in the last five minutes to let Wake Forest escape Reynolds Coliseum with a 70-57 win during the 2012 Hoops 4 Hope game.
“I’m disappointed any time we don’t come out of here with a win,” said NC State head coach Kellie Harper. “I thought it was a good game to watch, both teams played hard, but their scoring run in the second half really hurt us. It was frustrating to go through them shooting it well, while we weren’t able to get anything going offensively.”
The Wolfpack (15-11, 4-8 ACC) struggled from the field, shooting 31.3 percent (20-of-64) overall and 25 percent from three (6-of-24). Kody Burke turned in the team’s best shooting performance, going a perfect 3-of-3 from long range for 13 points.
Three additional Wolfpackers turned in double figure efforts; Bonae Holston with 11 to go with her game-leading nine boards, while Myisha Goodwin-Coleman and Marissa Kastanek poured in 10 each.
The game marked NC State’s seventh-annual Hoops 4 Hope event for the 2011-12 season. The athletic department raised $67,746 comprised of ticket sales, a pregame auction, sponsor donations, and other fundraising efforts.
“It’s amazing that we can raise that much money,” said Harper. “I’m just so proud of everyone here in our NC State family. It was really an accomplishment to step up and get this great event done.”
Coming out of the break, State extended its two-point halftime lead to seven within the first minute of the second half.
The Pack held steady to the 12:26 mark, working its way to a 37-29 advantage. Wake Forest (15-10, 5-7 ACC) came roaring back over the next minute, scoring eight-straight before the media timeout at 11:17 to make it 37-37.
State turned it over coming out of the timeout, which led directly to Wake’s first lead of the second half at 39-37. The Deacons’ Chelsea Douglas scored seven-straight during the 10-0 run. Holston converted an and-one to regain a 40-39 lead for NC State, but Wake’s Erin Hall responded by scoring five in a row to push the Deacs on top 44-40. Emili Tasler’s three with 7:47 to play evened the score 44-44 at the under eight timeout.
Tied 48-48 with 5:21 left, Wake made the game’s key run to take control heading down the stretch. Sandra Garcia’s straightaway three-pointer at 4:51 broke the tie, and a pair of free throws from Garcia extended the lead at 3:40. Two layups from Dearica Hamby stretched the lead to 58-50 under two minutes.
Meanwhile, State’s offense sputtered to a stop. The Pack went without a made field goal between Erica Donovan’s game-tying layup at 5:21 and Burke’s three-pointer with 54 seconds left. Over that span, the Deacs outscored State 12-2 to build a 60-50 lead that proved to be the difference.
In the first half, both squads started on a tear, shooting a combined 4-of-6 from the field to open the game. Goodwin-Coleman knocked down a pair of three's in the opening minutes to give NC State the 10-7 edge by the first media timeout.
The pace cooled considerably from there, but State maintained a 13-12 lead by the 11-minute mark. A scoreless drought from 3:03 to the halftime buzzer helped the Wolfpack preserve a 25-23 lead at the break.
For the entire first half, neither team built a lead larger than State’s four point advantage at 18-14, a lead the Pack held for only 32 seconds.
NC State attempts to bounce back on Thursday, February 16 as No. 6 Miami comes to Reynolds for a 7 p.m. tip.