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    No. 10 Wolfpack Falls to No. 17 North Carolina, 89-82
     
    Senior center Markeisha Gatling
    Senior center Markeisha Gatling
     

    Feb. 16, 2014

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 10 NC State women's basketball team (22-4, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) dropped a home game for the first time this season, falling to the visiting No. 17 North Carolina Tar Heels (20-6, 8-4 ACC) by a final score of 89-82 during the ninth annual Hoops 4 Hope game presented by Rex Healthcare Sunday afternoon inside Reynolds Coliseum.

    The loss ended a six-game ACC winning streak for the Pack and makes the team 13-1 at home during the 2013-14 season.


    The game was played in front of a lively crowd of 8,114 fans (Reynolds Coliseum capacity: 8,300), State's highest attendance total of the season. At halftime of the contest, a check was presented to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in the sum of $45,643.


    Diamond DeShields led the way for both teams offensively, scoring a career-high 38 points on 12-23 shooting from the field (5-9 from distance). She and the rest of the Tar Heel squad combined to shoot 31-56 (55.4 percent) from the field and 13-23 (56.5 percent) from three-point range.

    Four Wolfpackers scored in double figures in the loss, as Kody Burke (18 points), Markeisha Gatling (15), Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (13), and Len'Nique Brown (12) each made at least three field goals for State. The Wolfpack would end the contest shooting 26-63 (41.3 percent) and 5-25 (20 percent) from distance.

    UNC got off to a fast start, hitting eight of its first 15 shots to take a 20-12 lead at the second media stoppage of the first half (11:33). The Tar Heels were especially effective from three-point range, hitting four of their first six shots from beyond the arc.

    Gatling scored six early points on 1-3 shooting, but was whistled for her second foul 7:47 into the game and was forced to sit down for the rest of the first half.

    NC State would pull within one point (27-26) thanks to a 14-7 run over the course of the next 7:25. The Pack would continue its strong play throughout the rest of the opening 20 minutes, taking a 40-39 lead into the halftime break.

    The Wolfpack started the second half very well, extending its lead to six points (45-39) when Burke scored a layup 3:29 into the frame. Following a UNC three-pointer, Burke then hit a three of her own to keep the lead at six (48-42) at the under-16 media timeout.

    Over the course of the next 10:27, Carolina would rip off a 31-16 run to take its first nine-point lead (73-64) of the second half.

    With 2:27 left in the game, State would put together a 6-0 run to pull within two points (80-78) with 63 seconds to play. This was as close as the Pack would come, however, as Carolina would end the game by scoring nine of the final 13 points.  

    NC State will next be in action on Thursday, Feb. 20 at current No. 3 Duke. The Wolfpack and Blue Devils will tip off from Cameron Indoor Stadium beginning at 6:30 p.m. The action will be carried live on ESPN3.


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