Dec. 4, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. - Bonae Holston scored the game winner for NC State to punctuate a 20-point, 9-rebound performance in a 55-53 nail-biting victory over South Carolina on Sunday afternoon from Reynolds Coliseum.
The win improves the Wolfpack to 5-2 on the year, snapped a two-game funk in the process, and downed South Carolina (6-2) for the first time since the 2008 Postseason WNIT.
The ever-steady Holston has now scored at least 10 points and hauled in eight or more boards in all six games that she has competed in this season.
"I'm really, really proud of our team," said head coach Kellie Harper. "It's definitely the best game we've played (this season). We gave up some offensive boards, not because we weren't trying, but because they're really good on offensive boards."
The Gamecocks finished with a 19-14 advantage on the offensive glass.
"We lost our composure a little bit in the second half, but we were able to get it back," said Harper. "I couldn't be more proud of this group."
Marissa Kastanek offered up 12 points, while Myisha Goodwin-Coleman had seven points and six assists for NC State. Kastanek, Goodwin-Coleman, and Lakeesa Daniel were all perfect from the free throw line.
Holston took command of the game right from the start. Six quick points saw NC State jump out to an 8-2 lead in the opening minutes.
An 8-3 run by the Gamecocks gave them their first lead of the game, 14-13, at the 7:34 mark of the first half.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Marissa Kastanek and Holston allowed NC State to regain the lead, 21-18, going into the final media timeout. The Wolfpack closed the opening half with nine unanswered points to take a 27-18 lead into the locker room.
NC State opened up a 12-point advantage going into the second half, its largest of the game, before South Carolina stormed back with an 8-0 run to make the score 34-33 in favor of State.
The Gamecocks took the lead back, 37-36, with 11 minutes remaining in the game, and it remained a one-possession game, with eight lead changes, until South Carolina opened up a 53-49 advantage on a layup from Aleighsa Welch (14 points) with 1:49 to play.
NC State responded with a jumper at the top of the key from Emili Tasler.
After a missed three at the other end, Holston's layup knotted the game at 53-all, the ninth tie of the game.
Holston would then cap off the strong defensive effort the Wolfpack displayed all afternoon by coming up with a steal.
The Wolfpack then ran its "Money Play" as it was described later in the post-game press conference as Goodwin-Coleman dropped a pass of to Holston deep in the paint and she rolled home the game's deciding bucket with six seconds left.
After South Carolina raced up the floor to call one final timeout, the inbounds pass was stolen by Daniel and the Wolfpack faithful roared with excitement as the club improved to 4-0 at home this season.
The Wolfpack will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 11, against Alabama. The contest will be held at Reynolds Coliseum, with tip-off slated for 5:30 p.m. The NC State men's game will play beforehand beginning at 3 p.m., against North Carolina Central.