@PackWomensBBall Improves to 5-0 with 69-55 Win over Tulane
Nov. 24, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's basketball team improved to 5-0 under new head coach Wes Moore on Sunday afternoon, defeating the previously unbeaten visiting Tulane Green Wave by a final score of 69-55.
The win gives the Wolfpack its first 5-0 start to a season since the 2001-02 team won its first six games of the year.
Three NC State student-athletes scored in double figures in the win. Senior forward Kody Burke led the way with a season high 24 points and has now scored 20 points or more in two straight games (11 times in her career). Markeisha Gatling was not far behind with 14 points while Myisha Goodwin-Coleman rounded out the State double-figure scoring with 10 points.
State trailed for the first time this season when Leslie Vorpahl hit a three-pointer for Tulane (4-1) to begin the game, but the Pack answered back to take a 12-9 lead at the first media timeout of the game (13:37). Burke got off to a strong start, scoring five points on 2-4 shooting.
Holding a 14-12 lead at the 11:32 mark of the first half, the Wolfpack ripped off an 11-2 run over the next 3:23 to take a sizeable 25-14 advantage. Key during this run was the play of Burke, who hit two free throws and sank a mid-range jumper.
The Wolfpack played strong defense in the first half, forcing Tulane into more turnovers (9) than field goals made (8). The Green Wave was held to 8-21 (38.1 percent) shooting in the first frame. State took good advantage of these miscues, scoring eight points directly from Tulane turnovers.
State started the second half on a strong note, going on an 11-4 run over the first 3:10 of the period to take a 42-27 advantage.
The Green Wave battled back, getting to the line often and making the most of it to pull within 10 points (63-53) at the 2:19 mark when Danielle Blagg hit a wing three-pointer to keep within striking distance. Tulane would end the afternoon shooting 18-21 (85.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
Over the course of the final 2:08, the Wolfpack scored six of the game's final eight points to claim the win.
NC State will next be in action at home on Tuesday, Nov. 26 against Davidson. The game will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum at 6 p.m. and will conclude State's six-game home stand to start the season.