800 Wins: No. 13 Pack Defeats Panthers, 79-68
Feb. 27, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The No. 13 NC State women's basketball team (24-5, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) joined very elite company Thursday night, becoming just the 29th program in NCAA Division I history to achieve 800 all-time victories. The Wolfpack reached this threshold with a 79-68 win at Pittsburgh Thursday evening inside the Petersen Events Center.
The win, combined with a 100-75 North Carolina loss at No. 2 Notre Dame, guaranteed the Wolfpack a spot within the top four of the 2014 ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., next week. This means that State's first game of the tournament will not be played until Friday, March 7.
NC State shot very well from the field in the win, hitting 28 of 52 attempts (53.8 percent). Included in this figure was a 6-14 (42.9 percent) success rate from three-point range.
Five Wolfpackers scored in double figures during the victory, as Markeisha Gatling (20 points), Len'Nique Brown (19), Miah Spencer (14), Kody Burke (11), and Jennifer Mathurin (10 - career high) all had strong offensive games. Freshman Mathurin had a career game in the win, also reaching new personal highs in rebounds (10) and minutes (18).
The game got off to a very brisk start and didn't reach its first media stoppage until 9:11 into the half. State shot very well to begin the contest, hitting seven of its first 11 field goal attempts to take a 19-17 lead early.
State held Pittsburgh without a field goal for a 9:06 span during the first half, extending its lead to as many as 14 points (35-21). The Pack would ultimately take a 39-27 advantage into the halftime break thanks in large part to strong shooting (16-29, 55.2 percent) and solid defending, allowing Pittsburgh to shoot just 9-29 (31 percent) in the opening 20 minutes.
The Wolfpack scored 14 of the first 16 points of the second half, extending its lead to 24 (53-29) when Burke scored a bucket through contact and finished the three-point play.
With State holding a 65-42 lead, Pittsburgh would rally. The Panthers went on a 22-6 run over the course over the next 5:43 to pull within seven points (71-64) with 97 seconds to play. State would put it away from this point, scoring eight of the final 12 points to close out the game.
NC State will next be in action on Sunday, March 2 at home vs. No. 2 Notre Dame. The Wolfpack and Fighting Irish will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum beginning at 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with live "look ins" provided on ESPNU.