Wolfpack Hammers Bonnies in Season Opener, 70-47
Nov. 8, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's basketball team won its 11th straight home opener and picked up its first win of the Wes Moore era on Friday night, defeating the visiting St. Bonaventure Bonnies by a final score of 70-47.
Holding a 16-point advantage at halftime, NC State (1-0) was able to put the game away early in the second half, going on a 21-0 run to begin the final 20 minutes of play. Including the final 96 seconds of the first half, State held St. Bonaventure (0-1) without a point for 11 minutes and 18 seconds spanning from the end of the first half to midway through the second.
St. Bonaventure's Gabrielle Richmond led all scorers with 18 points while NC State put forth a very balanced scoring effort with three student-athletes scoring in double figures. Myisha Goodwin-Coleman, Kody Burke, and Miah Spencer each scored 11 points in the win.
State out-rebounded St. Bonaventure, 45-38, a mark which included a 19-8 advantage on the offensive glass. The Wolfpack shared the ball very well in the win, as 18 of its 23 made field goals were assisted.
Burke got off to a strong start in her 100th career game as a member of the Wolfpack, hitting two of her first three field goals and going 2-2 from the free-throw line to score the Pack's first seven points. State would carry a 7-3 advantage into the first media stoppage of the season.
When St. Bonaventure battled back to tie things up at 7-7, State used an 8-0 run over the course of the next 3:07 to leap out to a 15-7 advantage.
The Wolfpack would extend its lead as far as 17 points (32-15) when freshman Ashley Williams drained her second three-pointer of the first half with 3:39 to play in the period. NC State would end the first frame shooting 6-21 (28.6 percent) from distance. Williams was a key factor in State's ability to hit six long-range shots, as she personally connected on three.
State shot 11-40 (27.5 percent) throughout the first 20 minutes while limiting the visitors to a 5-18 (27.8 percent) mark. Burke led all scorers in the period, scoring 11 points on 2-5 shooting from the field and a spotless 6-6 mark from the free-throw line.
The Wolfpack would begin the second half on a 21-0 run throughout the course of the first 8:20, extending its advantage to 58-21. State would end the second half shooting 12-29 (41.4 percent) from the field and 6-17 (35.3 percent) from three-point range.
NC State will next be in action on Monday, Nov. 11 at home against Towson. The Wolfpack and Tigers will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m.