Pack Falls to Wright State in Gulf Coast Showcase Opener, 99-90
Nov. 29, 2013
ESTERO, Fla. – The NC State women’s basketball team (6-1) endured its first loss of the season on Friday afternoon, falling in its Gulf Coast Showcase opener to Wright State by a final score of 99-90.
With the loss, NC State will play Southeastern Louisiana Saturday at noon.
Junior Len’Nique Brown led the way offensively for the Wolfpack, scoring a career-high 24 points on 8-12 shooting. She was one of four NC State student-athletes to score 10 points or more, as Markeisha Gatling (15), Kody Burke (13), and Miah Spencer (13) also chipped in on the offensive end. Brown would end the day with six assists and six rebounds to go along with her 24 points.
Wright State (6-1) received tremendous offensive efforts from Kim Demmings (30 points), Tay’ler Mingo (20), and Ivory James (19). The Raiders ended the game shooting 30-62 (48.4 percent) from the field. Wright State shot 80 percent from the free-throw line, connecting on 28 of 35 attempts.
NC State did a great job of driving to the basket early on, forcing the Raiders into committing seven fouls just 4:31 into the contest. Gatling took advantage of these opportunities, sinking her first four free throws to pace the Pack out to an early 12-9 lead.
Freshman guard Ashley Williams came onto the court and made an immediate impact in the first half, hitting two straight three pointers, one of which was through contact, to give the Pack a 24-15 lead at the 12:59 mark.
The Raiders got hot throughout the rest of the half, ending the frame on a 34-18 run to take a 49-42 advantage into the halftime break. Wright State shot 14-28 (50 percent) from the field in the first half and went 15-19 (78.9 percent) from the free-throw line. Dennings led all scorers in the first 20 minutes, scoring 18 points on 5-10 shooting and a perfect 6-6 mark from the charity stripe.
Gatling and Brown led the way for the Pack in the first half, each scoring nine points. The Wolfpack shot 13-28 (46.4 percent) from the field in the half and went 11-16 (68.8 percent) from the free-throw line.
NC State held a 17-16 advantage on the boards in the first half, but turned the ball over nine times to WSU’s six.
The Raiders kept up their hot shooting into the second half, connecting on their first four field-goal attempts to extend their advantage to 61-51 by the first media timeout of the second half (15:36). Burke started the second period well, scoring five points in the first four minutes.
Wright State led by as many as 15 points (78-63) with 9:50 to play. State was able to pull as close as seven points (89-82) with 4:31 to play when Brown scored six of the game’s next 11 points. The Raiders were able to withstand NC State’s comeback bid, narrowly outscoring the Pack by a 10-8 margin over the final 4:31.