Burke's Late Three Shoots No. 14 Pack Past Virginia, 68-66
Feb. 23, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - In a game which featured three ties and eight lead changes, the No. 14 NC State women's basketball team (23-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) battled back from a nine-point second-half deficit to defeat the visiting Virginia Cavaliers by a final score of 68-66.
Trailing by nine points with 6:53 to play, State would end the game on a 16-5 run to defeat the Cavaliers (13-14, 6-8 ACC).
Senior center Markeisha Gatling scored a game-high 22 points on 7-11 shooting and also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Miah Spencer (17 points - career high) and Len'Nique Brown (12).
State shot 22-55 (40 percent) from the field in the win while the Cavaliers operated at a 25-49 (51 percent) clip.
The Wolfpack took great advantage of its opportunities at the line (17-20 on FTs) and outrebounded Virginia by a 37-25 margin. State scored 28 points as a direct result of the Cavaliers' 16 turnovers and scored 18 more second-chance points than the visitors.
NC State won the game despite being without regular starter Myisha Goodwin-Coleman, who was out of the contest with an injury.
NC State got off to a fast start, taking an early 8-3 advantage just 4:27 into the contest. The Pack hit the glass hard early, grabbing six rebounds to Virginia's two.
State pushed this lead to seven points (21-14) at the second media timeout (10:20) of the half. The Wolfpack defense was very active in the early stages of the contest, forcing eight Cavalier turnovers. State's offense took great advantage of these turnovers, scoring 16 points as a result of them.
State would push its lead to as high as 10 points in the first half and would ultimately take a 35-29 advantage into the halftime break. The Pack shot 12-27 (44.4 percent) from the field during the first 20 minutes while Virginia went 10-20 (50 percent). The Cavaliers were hot from three in the first frame, going 6-13 (46.2 percent) from beyond the arc.
Trailing 50-44 in the second half, the Cavaliers would piece together a 9-0 run over the course of 2:44 to take a 53-50 lead when Ataira Franklin hit a three-pointer with 9:37 remaining in the game. Virginia would push this advantage as far as nine points (61-52) with 6:53 left in the contest.
State would answer with a 9-0 run over the course of the next five minutes to pull things level at 61 apiece when Spencer hit a three-pointer from the wing. From there on out, the teams would trade the lead six times throughout the rest of the game.
The Wolfpack hit the final shot of the contest with 11 seconds to play. Down by one, Krystal Barrett drove the lane and kicked out to an open Kody Burke. The senior hit a three-pointer to give the Pack a 68-66 lead. Three seconds later, a three-point attempt by Faith Randolph would fall short and the Pack would claim the win.
NC State will next be in action on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Pittsburgh. Tip-off between the Wolfpack and Panthers is set for 7 p.m. The game will serve as State's final regular-season road contest of the year.