Feb. 24, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The NC State women's basketball team lost 68-58 at No. 16/17 North Carolina on Sunday at Carmichael Arena.
Thirty-one Wolfpack turnovers were converted into 31 points, allowing the Tar Heels to overcome a six-point advantage NC State held in the early portion of the second half.
Up a point at the half, NC State's Burke and Kastanek accounted for the teams first eight points of the second half to increase its lead to 41-35, forcing UNC to call a timeout at 16:52. Among the eight points, Kastanek's third trey of the game put her in sole possession of second place in school history with 231 three-pointers.
The NC State (13-15, 5-11 ACC) lead remained at six, 45-39, when UNC put together a 13-2 run to swing the lead in favor of the home team, 52-47, with 8:36 to play.
Krystal Barrett (10 points) made two free throws to get the Pack to within one, 54-53, but Waltiea Rolle (21 points, 11 rebounds) scored five-straight points, and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (24 points) added a jumper to push the lead to 61-53 with 5:04 to go.
The Wolfpack got within five points on two occasions in the final 2:48, but could not get over the final hump.
Len'Nique Brown had a career-high 15 points and six assists, while Kody Burke was just shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
NC State held a 44-39 rebounding advantage. The Tar Heels shot 39.1 percent for the game, compared to 38.3 percent for the Wolfpack.
The Wolfpack fell behind by as many as seven points in the first half, but a 21-13 rebound advantage allowed the visitors to stay close.
Kastanek, who missed her first four shots frown downtown, connected on consecutive treys to give NC State a 31-26 lead with four minutes until halftime. However, 10 seconds after her second three-ball, Kastanek picked up her second foul and sat the final 3:49. State only scored on a runner from Brown in that final stretch to take a 33-32 lead at intermission.
North Carolina (25-4, 13-3 ACC) went over nine minutes between field goals that also fueled the Pack to come back from its early deficit. Both teams shot 44 percent in the opening half.
NC State hosts Virginia on Senior Night this Thursday at 7 p.m.