Pack Falls to BYU in NCAA First Round
March 22, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The NC State women's basketball team (25-8) fell in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament to BYU, 72-57, Saturday evening at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
Miah Spencer paced the Wolfpack with 16 points, while Markeisha Gatling (11 points) and Len'Nique Brown (10) also scored in double figures for State. With 11 points in the loss to the Cougars (27-6), Gatling ended the season scoring in double figures 32 straight times.
Spencer ended her freshman season having scored 273 points. This ranks her 15th on the scoring list among all freshmen in program history.
The Wolfpack played without its third leading scorer in Myisha Goodwin-Coleman, who was lost for the season due to an injury suffered at Duke on Feb. 20. State was also without backup senior center Lakeesa Daniel, who suffered a season-ending injury the next day.
"This was a tough day," said head coach Wes Moore. "I have to give BYU a lot of credit. They were well coached and well prepared. They shot the ball well and they have a lot of toughness. They did a good job getting to the rim. I have to give them a lot of credit.
"This is not the way we wanted to end our season," he added. "It will hurt for a while. At the same time, I am very proud of our young ladies. They bought in during my first year, so I am blessed in that regard."
Lexi Eaton scored a game-high 25 points for the Cougars. She was one of four BYU players to achieve double figures in the game, as Kylie Maeda (14 points), Bailey Mogan (13), and Jennifer Hamson (12) also had strong offensive games. Hamson collected a game-high 19 rebounds.
BYU opened the contest the contest with a 12-9 lead at the first media timeout (13:19). Spencer began the game with five early points on 2-of-3 shooting during this stretch.
Krystal Barrett gave the Wolfpack its second lead of the contest with 4:29 to play in the first half when she knocked down a three. Following a jumper by Eaton, the Pack would reclaim the lead just seconds later (25-24) when freshman Ashley Williams hit a free throw.
The Cougars ended the half on a 9-1 run over the final 3:44 to take a 33-26 halftime lead into the locker room. Spencer led the Wolfpack in scoring with eight points, while Eaton led all scorers with 17 first-half points.
State cut BYU's lead to five points (38-33) when southern California native Kody Burke hit a three-pointer 3:19 into the second half.
Over the course of the next 10:44, the Cougars would extend their lead to 21 points (62-41) thanks to a 24-8 run.
The Wolfpack would trim the lead to 13 points on two occasions throughout the course of the final three-and-a-half minutes, but would come no closer the rest of the way.