No. 10 Wolfpack Defeats Clemson in OT, 69-63
Feb. 13, 2014
CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 10 NC State women’s basketball team (22-3, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won in overtime for the second straight game on Thursday afternoon, defeating the Clemson Tigers by a final score of 69-63 inside Littlejohn Coliseum.
The win was the sixth in a row for NC State and marked the best start to a season through 25 games since the 1977-78 team began the year with a 24-1 record.
NC State shot 28-62 (45.2 percent) from the field in the win, a mark which included a 7-22 (31.8 percent) success rate from distance. State was led in scoring by Markeisha Gatling’s 20 points. Myisha Goodwin-Coleman was not far behind with 18 points (6-12 from distance) while Kody Burke (12 points, six of which came in overtime) and Krystal Barrett (10 points) also scored in double figures.
Len’Nique Brown dished out a game-high seven assists while Burke collected a game-high nine rebounds.
The two teams battled through a close start, with Clemson taking a 14-11 lead into the second media timeout (11:53). The Tigers shot well from the field, hitting six of their first nine field goal attempts (66.7 percent).
Clemson continued its hot shooting, making its next five straight field goal attempts to take an 11-point advantage (26-15) when Charmaine Tay hit a running jumper with 6:06 to play in the first half.
Goodwin-Coleman spurred a Wolfpack run with her second three-pointer of the day at the 5:44 mark. Including this bucket, the Pack would score nine straight points to pull within two points (26-24) with 3:08 to play in the first half.
Clemson would narrowly outscore the Pack by an 8-6 margin to end the first half with a 34-30 advantage. The Tigers shot 14-23 (60.9 percent) from the field in the first 20 minutes while NC State operated at a 13-28 (46.4 percent) clip.
Gatling led the way offensively for State in the first half, scoring 10 points on 5-6 shooting. Quinyotta Pettaway and Nikki Dixon matched this total for the Tigers, each scoring 10 points in the opening 20 minutes.
NC State started the second half on an absolute tear, scoring 10 of the first 12 points to take a 40-36 lead when Goodwin-Coleman hit her fifth three of the day just 3:42 into the second frame.
State would extend this lead to as many as seven points (47-40) when Goodwin-Coleman hit a three-pointer with 10:52 to play.
The Tigers kept chipping away, though, and would ultimately tie the game up at 54-54 with 2:24 to play. Gatling scored a big basket with 54 seconds left in the contest but Chanice Dunn answered back just 21 seconds later to tie things up at 56 apiece. Gatling’s tip-shot attempt with four seconds to play in regulation rimmed out, sending the teams to overtime.
Burke had a huge showing in overtime, scoring six of the Pack’s 13 points in the extra period. State collected four offensive rebounds in overtime, scoring six second-chance points.
NC State will next be in action on Sunday, Feb. 16 against No. 17 North Carolina. The game will serve as the ninth annual Hoops 4 Hope game, will tip off at 3:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN2.