Feb. 23, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – 19 points and nine rebounds from Bonae Holston helped send NC State to a 73-69 win at Boston College on Thursday night from Conte Forum.
NC State (16-13, 5-10 ACC) also received 16 points from junior Marissa Kastanek, and nine points each from Kody Burke, Lakeesa Daniel and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman.
Boston College (7-21, 2-13 ACC) had four players in double figures with 18 from Katie Zenevitch leading the way. Kristen Doherty added 17 and Tessah Holt and Tiffany Ruffin had 13 and 10 points, respectively.
After giving up the lead for a moment in the opening seconds of the second half, State ran off the next eight points, including back-to-back three’s from Kastanek and Emili Tasler for a 42-35 lead.
Tia Bell’s and-one lay in made it 51-40, and State was on its way to a sparkling second-half shooting display.
By the time it got to 59-44 after a Kastanek jumper, the Pack was shooting nearly 70 percent since coming out of the locker room.
The Eagles were still hanging around within six, when Goodwin-Coleman buried a three-pointer with 3:45 left to give State a 70-61 lead.
BC climbed back to within two, 71-69, after a clutch three-pointer in the corner from Doherty with 26 ticks left, but Goodwin-Coleman clinched the win with a pair from the free throw line seconds later.
State finished the second stanza shooting 51.7 percent (15-of-29), and 45.5 percent for the game, the best mark in conference play this season.
Holston was nearly unstoppable in the first half, scoring 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting in what is likely her 10th and final game against the Eagles in her illustrious career.
State opened fast with 11-straight points to take a 15-4 lead. Burke had seven points in the opening four minutes of the game.
Daniel later added consecutive buckets to keep the lead in double figures at 19-9 at the 13:36 juncture of the opening half.
The lead grew to 32-20 after a Krystal Barrett three-pointer, but that was the last points for the Pack for the next six minutes, 20 seconds that allowed BC to scrap its way back in the game.
The Eagles pieced together a 13-0 run to take a 33-32 lead, its first since it was 4-2 just 68 seconds into action.
State opened the game shooting 60.0 percent (12-of-20) to earn the double-digit lead, but ended the half on a 3-of-17 shooting stretch, to finish up at 40.5% for the half.
Only a strip and fast-break layup from Goodwin-Coleman in the final 11 seconds of the half wound up giving the Wolfpack a slim 34-33 advantage at the half.
State has now won four in a row over BC, and six-of-seven overall.
Holston will head to her final regular season game just two points shy of cracking the school’s all-time top-10 scoring list. She has 1,551 career points, and is two away from tying Rhonda Mapp, who is the Wolfpack’s ACC Legend this season.
State hosts Senior Day on Sunday against No. 6 Maryland beginning at 2 p.m., at Reynolds Coliseum.