Wolfpack Pounds Presbyterian, 85-45
Nov. 16, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - For the third straight season, the NC State women's basketball team has started the year at 3-0. The Wolfpack earned a dominant 85-45 victory over visiting Presbyterian College Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
Saturday's win over the Blue Hose marked State's 10th win in its last 11 home nonconference games.
The Wolfpack (3-0) shot an impressive 14-30 (46.7 percent) from three-point distance in the win and went 32-59 (54.2 percent) overall from the field. State's 14 made field goals is the second highest single-game total in the program's 40-year history.
Three NC State student-athletes scored in double figures in the win, as Ashley Williams (12), Markeisha Gatling (12), and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (11) scored 11 points or more. Kaley Moser also chipped in a career high six points in the victory. In all, 10 Wolfpack student-athletes scored in the win, with each of them netting at least six points.
The teams played a balanced start to the first , with NC State taking a 15-11 lead into the under-12 media timeout (11:27). The Wolfpack was led by four early points from both Gatling and Kody Burke. Presbyterian (0-3) shot well from the field to begin the contest, hitting five of its first eight field-goal attempts (62.5 percent).
State continued to feed the post from this point on, scoring a total of 16 points in the paint throughout the first 20 minutes of the game. Gatling was a big part of this equation, shooting 4-5 (80 percent) and scoring eight points. The Wolfpack guards helped space things out on the perimeter for the post players, combining to hit four three-pointers in the first half.
Holding a 19-14 lead with 9:04 to play in the half, State would end the frame on a 17-7 run to take a 36-21 advantage into the halftime break. Presbyterian's Karlee Taylor led all scorers with 12 points while Gatling was the Wolfpack's most effective offensive option with her eight points.
State opened the second half on a tear, going on a 21-8 run to take a 57-29 lead just 9:16 into the final period. The Pack shot 8-13 (61.5 percent) from the field during this stretch and hit two of three attempts from distance.
The Wolfpack continued this dominance throughout the rest of the half and would ultimately end the game by hitting six three pointers from nine attempts in the final 5:17 of the contest.
NC State will next be in action at home on Monday, Nov. 18 against Morgan State. The Wolfpack and Bears will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m.