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    Pack Plays Tough in Setback to No. 6 Miami
     
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    Feb. 16, 2012

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State played No. 6 Miami even in the second half, but a late 15-2 first-half run by the Hurricanes was the difference in a 73-61 victory over the Wolfpack on Thursday night from Reynolds Coliseum.

    Miami earned its first win in seven chances at Reynolds, and improves to 23-3 on the season, 12-1 in the ACC, while State moves to 15-12 (4-9 ACC) with the loss.

    "I thought our team competed, and I thought we played hard and tough," said head coach Kellie Harper. "We didn't back down to a very good and talented Miami team. There's a reason that they're ranked 6th in the country."

    NC State shot 43.8 percent (14-of-32) in the first half to keep pace with the high-scoring ‘Canes, but that late push, fueled by 11-consecutive points from Riquna Williams (24 points), was enough to give the visitors a 44-32 intermission advantage.

    Miami shot 54.5 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

    The second half was a different story, as the Hurricanes were limited to 30 percent shooting.

    However, the Pack was never able to trim its deficit to less than six points in the second half. An 11-3 spurt, capped by Myisha Goodwin’s third of four second-half three-pointers, got them to within 49-43 with 16:46 to play.

    But Miami scored the next six to move the lead back to 12 and State never recovered the rest of the game.

    "I cannot complain about our team's effort and toughness tonight," said Harper.

    NC State had three players in double figures on the night. Goodwin-Coleman had 14 points, all in the second half. Marissa Kastanek offered up 12 points and Bonae Holston had 10 to move into 13th on the school’s scoring list with 1,517 career points.

    Shawnice Wilson complimented Williams’ perimeter game with 17 points and 17 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.

    NC State made the first bucket of the game, but went cold the next two minutes as Miami built a 14-6 lead early in the first half.

    Freshman Krystal Barrett broke the drought for the Pack, hitting a shot from behind the arc to make the score 20-11, and that began a 14-2 run for the pack

    Classmate Erica Donovan capped off the run, hitting a three-pointer at the 9:38 mark to tie the game at 22-all.

    The contest remained a one-possession game until the Hurricanes’ aforementioned 15-2 run allowed them a comfortable lead at the break.

    Kody Burke recorded her 100th career block during the game.

    NC State will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 19 against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. The 1:30 p.m., contest is on ESPNU.


     

     

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