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    Wolfpack Dominates Northwestern in Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 76-61
     
    Markeisha Gatling
    Markeisha Gatling
     

    Dec. 5, 2013

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    EVANSTON, Ill. - The NC State women's basketball team (9-1) picked up its first true road win of the season on Thursday night, earning a one-sided victory over Big Ten foe Northwestern (6-2) in the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    The win was the third in a row for State and marks the program's first 9-1 start to a season since the 2000-01 campaign.

    "This was a great win on the road," said head coach Wes Moore. "In their last game, they beat DePaul, who is ranked 25th in the country. For us to come in after that and get a win on the road is really nice."

    Three NC State student-athletes scored in double figures in the win, as Markeisha Gatling (20 points - game high), Kody Burke (16), and Krystal Barrett (14) had very successful offensive outings. Gatling scored her 20 points on 8-11 shooting from the field and Burke was just one rebound shy of her 13th career double-double.

    Burke finished with a season-high four blocks on the evening and now ranks third all-time in program history with 174 in her career.

    "I'm proud of the team," Moore added. "I see some of the bad stuff: we turned it over a few too many times and had some careless moments, but I'm proud of the way they are taking care of business and controlling the things they can control."

    NC State shot 27-61 (44.3 percent) from the field in the win while holding Northwestern to a 20-59 (33.9 percent) mark. The Wolfpack recorded 19 assists on its 27 made field goals.

    The two teams traded baskets in the early going, with NC State establishing a 15-12 lead at the second media stoppage (11:09) of the first half. The Wolfpack assisted on each of its first six made field goals and held the Wildcats to a 4-15 (26.7 percent) mark from the field in the early stages of the game.

    Holding a 26-21advantage, NC State ended the first half on a 9-2 run to close out the opening 20 minutes with a 35-23 lead. The Wolfpack did not allow a made Northwestern field goal for the final 6:05 of the period and held the Wildcats to just 7-28 (25 percent) shooting from the field in the first half.

    All eight NC State student-athletes who saw the court in the first 20 minutes scored at least two points, with Myisha Goodwin-Coleman's seven leading the way. The senior was 2-3 from beyond the arc and also had two assists. Alex Cohen led the way for the hosts, scoring nine points on 2-4 shooting.

    Burke had a very strong start to the second half, scoring NC State's first eight points of the frame to help advance the lead further. The Wolfpack would connect on eight of its first 12 second-half shots (66.7 percent) to take a 20-point lead (58-38) with 10:36 to play in the game.

    The Wolfpack would extend its lead to as many as 24 points with 7:05 to play when Gatling laid one in following a nice assist by Burke.

    NC State will next be in action at home on Sunday, Dec. 8 vs. Elon. The Wolfpack and Phoenix will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum beginning at 2 p.m.

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