NC State WBB Takes Down No. 19 FSU, 76-69
Feb. 14, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Kody Burke tied her career-high with 26 points and Len'Nique Brown neared a triple-double to lead NC State to a 76-69 victory at No. 19/20 Florida State Thursday night from the Tucker Center.
"I'm so excited," said head coach Kellie Harper. "So proud of how our kids fought on both ends of the court. Our kids handled it all night long."
It was like NC State (13-12, 5-8 ACC) was shot out of a cannon leaving the locker room for the second half. An 11-3 run gave the Wolfpack a 47-38 lead with just under 16 minutes to play. Burke scored her 1,000th career point in the run, and later made a three-pointer to extend the lead. She was a dominating 11-of-17 from the field.
The Seminoles did their best to punch back at NC State, but the Pack was resilient all night long in winning in Tallahassee for the first time since 2004. Leonor Rodriguez tied Burke for game-high honors with 26 points, and a three-pointer from her made it 58-52 midway through the second half, but Myisha Goodwin-Coleman answered on the next possession, also from downtown, to keep the lead at nine, 63-54.
FSU scratched to within four, 65-61, with 4:50 to go, but Burke snapped a near four-minute scoring drought with a physical bucket down low and State escaped with its first road win over a ranked team since 2006.
"We really changed up our defenses a lot against this team," said Harper. "They are so explosive on offense. The job Marissa [Kastanek] did on [Alexa] Deluzio - she played 30 whatever minutes and chased her around all night long."
Deluzio was 0-for-7 on the night and scored just two points.
NC State shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) for the game, its sixth game above the 50 percent threshold this year.
Morgan Toles' nine points in the first six minutes pushed Florida State to a 15-8 lead right out of the gate. A Kastanek three-pointer brought the Wolfpack within an arm's length at 17-13 at the 12:44 mark of the first half, as both teams were shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.
Kastanek tied the game 22-all with her second trey of the half at the 7:53 mark. State fell behind by five points after Rodriguez scored five in a row, but another three-ball from Kastanek knotted the contest at 31-all with 4:25 until halftime. The Pack was firing at a 58 percent clip at that point as Burke and Gatling each had eight points from inside the paint area.
Burke gave the Pack its first lead off a feed from Goodwin-Coleman at 33-31 with 1:41 to go. FSU took the lead back for a brief moment, but Brown buried a three-pointer with 28 seconds left to give State a 36-35 lead at intermission. NC State shot 55.2 percent from the field in the opening half, while the Seminoles got off to a good start from the field, but only made six of their last 24 shots to finish at 37.8 percent at the break.
NC State returns home to host Georgia Tech on Sunday for the eighth-annual Hoops 4 Hope game at 2:30 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum.