No. 14 Wolfpack's Comeback Falls Short at No. 7 Duke
Feb. 20, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 14 NC State women’s basketball team (22-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) stormed back from a 24-point deficit in the second half to get within four points before falling at No. 7 Duke, 83-70, Thursday evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Senior Kody Burke led all scorers in the contest with a career-high 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Markeisha Gating (16) and Miah Spencer (14) also scored in double figures for State.
The Blue Devils were led in scoring by Tricia Liston (24 points) while Haley Peters (13), Alexis Jones (12) and Richa Jackson (12) also contributed heavily to the offensive effort. Peters and Elizabeth Williams would each tie for a game-high 10 rebounds.
"I'm proud of the comeback and I'm proud of the effort in the second half, but we are playing in the best conference in the country," said head coach Wes Moore. "We are playing against the team ranked seventh in nation on its home court. We played 40 minutes and for whatever reason they came out with a lot more energy and more aggression."
NC State and Duke (24-3, 11-2 ACC) traded baskets early in the contest, with the Blue Devils holding a 10-6 lead at the first media timeout (15:39). Gatling scored four of State’s first six points during this period on 2-of-2 shooting from the field.
Duke would increase its advantage to 27-15 with 5:03 remaining in the first half of play, fueled by an 8-0 run midway through the opening stanza. Burke would respond by scoring six of the next 10 points prior to the final media timeout.
The Blue Devils were led by Jones (12) and Liston (11) in the first half to take a 40-27 lead into the locker room at halftime. Burke scored 13 first half points for State to lead all scorers, including nine of the final 12 points of the half for the Wolfpack.
Duke would continue its momentum through the first media timeout of the second half (15:32), as it opened the half on a 13-8 run to take a 53-35 advantage.
After facing a deficit as large as 24 points, the Pack would claw back to within 10 points with 5:52 to play in the contest (67-57), as the squad used a 19-8 run over a span of 7:35. During this run, Gatling (6), Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (6) and Spencer (5) combined to score 17 points for State.
Following an NC State timeout with 5:47 to play in the game, the Wolfpack continued to carry the momentum, as Burke drained two three-point field goals to bring the Pack within four (67-63) with 4:12 to play and force a Duke timeout.
After the timeout, Duke went on a 16-7 run to close the contest with Jackson (9) and Liston (4) combining to score 11 points for the Blue Devils.
NC State will next be in action on Sunday, Feb. 23 vs. Virginia. Tip-off between the Wolfpack and Cavaliers is set for 2 p.m. from Reynolds Coliseum.