Nov. 23, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The NC State women's basketball team defeated Jacksonville University 80-42 on Wednesday at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack improves to 4-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season with the win, while the Dolphins drop to 0-4.
"I'm extremely proud of our players for coming in and taking care of business," said head coach Kellie Harper. "We talked about wanting to be sharp tonight and we were at times."
Five players scored in double figures for NC State for the second time this season. Freshman guard Krystal Barrett led the Pack in scoring for the second time in the last three games, offering up 14 points off the bench. Fellow freshman Erica Donovan shot 3-for-4 from behind the arc to notch a career-high 13 points.
Senior All-ACC forward Bonae Holston put up 12 points and eight boards to tie for 10th all-time at State with 671 career rebounds, while junior Marissa Kastanek and sophomore Kody Burke each scored 11 points. For Holston and Burke, it was their third double-digit scoring effort in as many games.
Forward Lakeesa Daniel set a new career high in rebounds with 12, and guard Emili Tasler tied her career-high with six caroms.
The Wolfpack started the contest strong, making four of its first six shots to take a 12-5 lead in the opening four minutes. Burke and Kastanek each scored five points in the run.
NC State didn't let up, going on a 9-2 spurt to increase its lead to 23-12 midway through the first half.
13 Jacksonville turnovers aided the Wolfpack's scoring efforts, allowing NC State to take a 38-20 lead into the locker room.
"We had a lapse offensively in the first half; we were sporadic," said Harper. "I had to get after them in the second half for low energy, but they bounced back. I think it's a good building block moving forward."
State scored 19 of the first 25 points of the second half to open up a 31-point, 57-26, advantage at the 11:17 mark.
The lead grew all the way to 44 points with just under five minutes to play.
The program set a couple of top-10 standards tonight. Its 11 blocks, led by Burke's four, is tied for the fourth most in school history. Meanwhile, the 64 rebounds are tied for the eighth most in history, and the highest total by a Wolfpack team since December of 1991.
The Pack will return to action against Creighton on Sunday, Nov. 27, in Omaha, Neb., at 3 p.m ET.