NC State Can't Contain No. 10 Maryland in 82-62 Setback
Jan. 17, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 10 Maryland shot 54.5 percent on its way to an 82-62 victory over the NC State women's basketball team Thursday night from Comcast Center.
Maryland (14-3, 5-1 ACC) was paced by Tianna Hawkins' double-double with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Alyssa Thomas added 18 points, and Tierney Pfirman had 16. The trio had 60 of the Terrapins 82 points.
Maryland led by 11 at the half and opened its lead to 21, 49-28, on a layup from Katie Rutan at the 16:34 mark of the second half. State answered when Brown converted a three-point play moments later to get to within 49-33, but that was the closest the Wolfpack would get the rest of the way.
The Terps led by 31, 70-39, after a Hawkins layup and free throw with 10 minutes to play. However, the Pack pieced together a 12-0 run over the next three minutes, 33 seconds to make it 70-51 after two from the foul line from Kastanek at 6:30.
Maryland is the first team to shoot above 50 percent against the Wolfpack this season as 21 fast-break points led to easy buckets in transition.
Kastanek and Thomas dueled back-and-forth in the opening eight minutes. Kastanek had her clubs first eight points, including two from three-point distance, while Thomas ran off 10-straight for the Terrapins for a 14-10 lead.
It was 18-12 Maryland when Thomas went out with her second foul at 8:55. Hawkins, the leading scorer in the ACC, responded with eight of her 10 first-half points after Thomas left the game to keep momentum in its favor.
State trimmed its deficit to 28-22 after a Kiana Evans free throw at 2:54, but the offense scored just once the rest of the half to allow Maryland to lead 34-23 at intermission.
Maryland did a great job in the open floor, gaining a 12-0 advantage in fast break points on its way to shooting 54.8 percent from the floor. The Wolfpack shot just 29.1 percent in the first half.
NC State hosts No. 22 Florida State this Sunday at 3 p.m., on the Regional Sports Network, including Fox Sports Carolinas in North Carolina. At the conclusion of the game, NC State will have played the five-ranked ACC teams in this week's national polls in its first seven league games.