Wolfpack Dispatches UCLA in Gulf Coast Showcase Finale, 67-49
Dec. 1, 2013
ESTERO, Fla. - The NC State women's basketball team never trailed en route to thumping the UCLA Bruins by a final score of 67-49 Sunday afternoon during its final action of the 2013 Gulf Coast Showcase in Germain Arena.
With the win, State (8-1) finished the tournament with a 2-1 record and claimed fifth place. The victory was State's sixth all-time over UCLA, giving the Wolfpack a 6-2 advantage in the series between the two programs.
NC State shot 26-48 (54.2 percent) from the field in the win. The Wolfpack outrebounded UCLA by 12 (30-18) and dished out 17 assists on 26 made field goals. Miah Spencer tied a career high with 14 points and was one of three Wolfpack student-athletes to score 10+ points, as Krystal Barrett and Markeisha Gatling each chipped in 10 points apiece.
The two teams battled hard in the opening stages of the game, with the Pack earning a 14-12 lead at the second media stoppage (11:06) of the first half. Gatling was key during the opening stretch of the game, hitting all of her first three field-goal attempts to score six early points. She would finish the game a perfect 5-5 from the field.
NC State shot 6-11 (54.5 percent) from the field in the early going and spread the ball well, assisting on all six field goals. At the same time, the Pack's defense forced the Bruins into five early turnovers.
Holding a 14-12 advantage at the 11:42 mark of the first half, State ripped off a 10-0 run before the next media timeout (7:33) to double the Bruins at 24-12. Senior Myisha Goodwin-Coleman was hot from the field to this point, hitting all three of her attempted three-point field goals to lead all scorers with nine points.
State would stretch this run as far as 17-0 on Miah Spencer's mid-range jumper with 5:44 to play in the period (31-12).
The Wolfpack would ultimately hold UCLA without a made field goal for a consecutive 10:04 (11:43-2:39) throughout the first half en route to doubling the Bruins at the halftime break, 40-20. State shot 15-25 (60 percent) from the field in the first half, a mark which included a 5-10 success rate from three-point range.
UCLA would slowly chip away at State's lead in the second half, pulling within 12 points (57-45) when Thea Lemberger sank two free throws with 4:09 remaining.
From this point on, State would end the game on a 10-2 run throughout the remainder of the contest.
NC State will next be in action on Thursday, Dec. 5 at Northwestern as a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Wolfpack and Wildcats will tip off from Evanston, Ill., at 7:30 p.m. ET.