Pack Defeats SDSU, Claims Surf `N Slam Tournament Title
Dec. 30, 2013
SAN DIEGO – The NC State women’s basketball team (13-1) picked up its seventh straight victory on Monday night, knocking off the host San Diego State Aztecs (3-7) by a final score of 84-67 to claim first place at the 2013 San Diego Surf ‘N Slam Tournament.
The win secured the 33rd regular-season tournament title in program history for the Wolfpack and keeps the team off to its best start since the 1999-00 team won its first 14 games.
NC State was led by stellar performances from Markeisha Gatling (24 points, five rebounds), Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (20 points, five rebounds, five assists), Kody Burke (14 points, five assists, four rebounds), and Len’Nique Brown (11 points, seven assists). The Wolfpack shot a stellar mark of 30-55 (54.5 percent) from the field, a figure which included a success rate of 13-28 (46.4 percent) from distance.
Burke and Goodwin-Coleman earned all-tournament team honors while Gatling was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
The Wolfpack ran out to an early 19-12 lead thanks in large part to solid three-point shooting (3-3 from distance to begin the game). Goodwin-Coleman was on fire from the beginning, hitting her first three attempts from range to help the Pack out to this early advantage.
San Diego State responded, however, going on an 11-0 run during a 4:11 span to take a 23-19 advantage midway through the first half. NC State was able to break this run when freshman Ashley Williams hit a wing three with 6:41 to play in the frame, pulling the Pack within one point (23-22).
Traling 23-22, NC State scored 19 of the final 32 points of the first half to take a 41-36 lead in into the halftime break. Kody Burke played an important role in this stretch, scoring seven points. She would end the opening 20 minutes with 10 points on 4-5 shooting.
NC State shot 16-32 (50 percent) from the field in the first half, including a mark of 7-15 (46.7 percent) from distance. The Aztecs shot at a blistering clip of 17-30 (56.7 percent) and were quite balanced throughout the first 20 minutes, receiving at least two made field goals from five different student-athletes.
As has been the case during much of the season, the Wolfpack came out of the halftime break firing on all cylinders. NC State expanded its five-point lead to a 14-point lead in just 2:20 thanks to five quick points by Gatling and back-to-back threes by Goodwin-Coleman.
The Aztecs refused to let the Wolfpack completely pull away until the late stages of the contest. Holding a 10-point advantage (73-63), NC State ended the game on an 11-4 run over the final 4:32 to close out the 17-point win.
NC State will open Atlantic Coast Conference play at home against nationally-ranked Syracuse on Sunday, Jan. 5. Tip-off between the Wolfpack and Orange is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum.