Wolfpack Women Dominate SE Louisiana in Gulf Coast Showcase, 87-59
Nov. 30, 2013
ESTERO, Fla. – The NC State women’s basketball team (7-1) got right back to its winning ways on Saturday afternoon, handily defeating the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in Gulf Coast Showcase action, 87-59
State shot 34-69 (49.3 percent) as a team, had five student-athletes score in double figures, and won the turnover battle by 18. Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (15 points), Krystal Barrett (14 – season high), Miah Spencer (13), Kody Burke (13), and Markeisha Gatling (10) all scored in double figures for the Pack. Spencer added a game-high five assists to her scoring effort.
With the win, Sunday’s tournament finale for NC State will be the winner of UCLA and Grand Canyon, a game set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s game time for NC State is still to be determined.
State got off to a strong start, leaping out to a 17-11 lead at the 10:55 mark. The team played strong defense, limiting the Lions (1-6) to just four made field goals in their first 16 shots. Barrett was key during this opening stretch, scoring seven points on 3-4 shooting from the field.
From this point on, the Wolfpack ripped off a 27-15 run to end the first half. Barrett remained hot from the field, shooting 5-8 to end the opening 20 minutes with 12 points. She was joined in double figures by Spencer, who scored 11 points on 4-8 shooting.
Freshman guard Ashley Williams was one of three NC State student-athletes to record two or more assists in the first frame, as her two helpers added to the team total of nine on 17 made field goals.
The Pack shot 17-38 (44.7 percent) from the field in the first half. SLU held a 23-15 rebounding edge, but the Wolfpack only committed one turnover while forcing the Lions into 11. State scored 17 points off its opponent’s turnovers in the first half.
State continued its dominance into the early stages of the second half, scoring 14 of the first 21 points to open the frame. The Pack connected on seven of its first 12 field-goal attempts (58.3 percent) in the second half.
The Wolfpack would extend its lead to as many as 30 points with 6:39 to play when Goodwin-Coleman hit her third three-pointer of the day to make it 73-43. She would end the game with five made field goals from distance.
State would allow just one made field goal throughout the final 4:38 to cruise to the 28-point victory.