NC State Cruises Past Elon, 91-51
Dec. 8, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Led by a career-high 26 points from senior center Markeisha Gatling, the NC State women's basketball team improved to 10-1 on the season with a dominating 91-51 win over visiting Elon (2-5) Sunday afternoon inside Reynolds Coliseum.
The win was the fourth straight for State and improved the Pack's home record to a spotless 7-0. It was also NC State's ninth win of the season which was by a margin of 15 points or more.
Gatling's 26 points came on a career-high 13 made field goals on just 14 field-goal attempts, ranking as one of the greatest single-game shooting performances in program history. Sunday's game marked the fourth time in her NC State career she has scored 20 points or more and the third time she has done so this season.
State shot 36-71 (50.7 percent) from the field in the win, a mark which included a 10-24 (41.7 percent) rate of success from three-point range. The Wolfpack outrebounded the opposition on Sunday for the 10th time this season, pulling down 46 boards compared to just 27 for the Phoenix.
The Wolfpack got off to a very fast start, hitting nine of its first 11 field-goal attempts to take an early 23-10 lead at the first media stoppage of the half (13:55). Senior shooting guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman was on fire from distance, going 3-4 from beyond the arc early. All five starters for the Wolfpack recorded a made field goal in the opening six minutes of the game.
NC State kept its foot on the pedal throughout the half, eventually working its way out to a 25-point halftime lead of 53-28. The Wolfpack's 53 first-half points marked a season high in a single half during the 2013-14 season. Instrumental in this strong opening 20 minutes was 20-37 shooting (54.1 percent), a figure which included a 7-14 (50 percent) mark from three-point range.
Gatling had a tremendous first half for State, shooting 7-7 from the field to score 15 points. Junior guard Len'Nique Brown showed great court vision in the opening half, dishing out five assists. In all, 15 of State's 20 first-half baskets were assisted.
The Wolfpack continued to cruise in the second half, shooting 47.1 percent and collecting 10 more rebounds than its opposition. Daniel came on strong in the final 20 minutes, scoring eight of her 10 points in the second half. She ended the afternoon with nine rebounds to accompany her 10 points, narrowly missing the first double-double of her career.
NC State will next be in action on Friday, Dec. 20 against current No. 13/14 LSU. The Wolfpack and Tigers will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m.