Brown's Shot Sinks Virginia Tech in OT, 72-71
Feb. 9, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va. – With four seconds left in overtime, junior guard Len’Nique Brown hit a game-winning shot in the lane to propel the No. 14 NC State women’s basketball team (21-3, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a pulse-pounding win at Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon.
WATCH: Brown's game-winning shot
State battled back from a 10-point deficit in the second half to force the extra period and gave up the first five points in overtime before ending the game on a 12-6 run.
With the win, the Wolfpack is off to its best start to a season since the 1981-82 team also began the year with a 21-3 record.
Senior center Markeisha Gatling scored a game-high 23 points in the win on impressive 10-13 shooting from the field. She was joined in double figures by Kody Burke (20 points) and freshman Miah Spencer (11 points).
NC State shot 27-57 (47.4 percent) from the field in the win and went 15-19 (78.9 percent) from the free-throw line. Virginia Tech shot 26-61 (42.6 percent) from the field and was led in scoring by Uju Ugoka’s 20 points.
Virginia Tech (11-12, 1-9 ACC) got off to a fast start in the contest, hitting eight of its first 11 field goal attempts (72.7 percent) to take a 16-12 lead at the second media stoppage (11:59) of the first half. Monet Tellier began well for the hosts, hitting her first three shots.
Trailing by 10 points (30-20) with 3:20 to play in the frame, NC State stepped up into another gear and ended the half on an 8-0 run. Burke played an integral role in this run, scoring six of the team’s eight points.
On the Hokies’ final five possessions of the first half, NC State’s defense forced four missed field goals and one turnover. Thanks to Burke’s late production and the Wolfpack’s strong defense over the final 3:20, Virginia Tech only led by two (30-28) at the halftime break.
NC State shot 11-25 (44 percent) from the field in the first half and went 2-9 (22.2 percent) from beyond the arc. The Hokies shot 14-31 (45.2 percent) from the field and connected at a similar rate as State from distance, going 2-12 (16.7 percent) from three-point range. Burke led all scorers in the first half with 10 points on 3-5 shooting from the field and a 3-3 mark from the charity stripe.
The Hokies also began the second half in a very strong manner, leaping out to a 10-point lead (44-34) after 7:38 had been played. NC State battled back well, cutting the deficit to three (51-48) when freshman Jennifer Mathurin laid one in with 7:49 remaining in the game.
State then pulled within one point (53-52) when Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored on a fast break with 6:01 to play. Tech would extend this lead back to four points (58-54) before the Pack ended regulation on a 6-2 run to level the game and send it to overtime.
The Hokies scored five straight points to open the overtime period, but State responded by scoring 12 of the final 18—inclulding Brown’s winning shot—to claim the victory.
NC State will next be in action on Thursday, Feb. 13 at Clemson. Tip-off between the Wolfpack and Tigers is set for 6:30 p.m.