Wolfpack Takes Down Rams in Exhibition Game, 80-46
Nov. 3, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State women’s basketball team recorded a one-sided victory in its lone exhibition game of the season on Sunday afternoon, defeating the visiting Winston-Salem State Rams by a final score of 80-46.
Senior center Markeisha Gatling led all scorers in the game, scoring 15 points on 6-9 shooting from the field. Gatling also went a perfect 3-3 from the free-throw line and pulled down five rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Lakeesa Daniel, who scored 12 points (3-7 FG) and grabbed seven rebounds. Daniel went a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line.
As a team, State shot 26-56 (46.4 percent) from the field while limiting the Rams to 14-53 (26.4 percent) shooting. NC State out-rebounded Winston-Salem State by a final count of 39-37 and went an impressive 22-25 (88 percent) from the free-throw line.
With the teams tied at 4-4 early on, State went on an 8-0 run from 18:03 to 14:41 of the first half to pull out to a 12-4 advantage. Key during this run was a three-point play from junior Len’Nique Brown, who drove through contact to make a layup and sink a free throw to convert the three-point play.
The Wolfpack extended this run, making it a 20-4 stretch which spanned 5:19 of the first half to take a 24-8 lead.
At the end of the first half, State held a 42-26 advantage. The Wolfpack shot a solid 13-32 (41 percent) from the floor while limiting the Rams to just 8-29 (28 percent). State did a good job of getting to the free-throw line in the first 20 minutes and was able to take advantage of these opportunities, shooting 14-15 (93 percent) from the charity stripe.
Gatling led all scorers in the first half, scoring 11 points on 4-5 shooting. The senior was 3-3 from the free-throw line and also pulled down three rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
State began the second half scoring 13 of the first 20 points, extending its lead to 55-33 at the 13:01 mark when Gatling scored her sixth field goal of the afternoon.
The Wolfpack lead would reach its highest mark (39 points) with 2:58 remaining in the contest when freshman Jennifer Mathurin sank one of two free throws.
NC State will officially open the season on Friday, Nov. 8 at home against St. Bonaventure. The Wolfpack and Bonnies will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum at 6 p.m.