No. 13 Wolfpack Falls to Unbeaten No. 2 Notre Dame
March 2, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – On an afternoon during which a class of six exemplary seniors was honored prior to tip-off, the No. 13 NC State women’s basketball team (24-6, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) fell to the undefeated No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (29-0, 16-0 ACC) by a final score of 84-60 Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
With the loss and other results around the ACC, NC State has officially earned the No. 4 seed at the upcoming ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. (March 5-9). State will not play until Friday morning at 11 a.m., when it will face off against either Clemson, Virginia Tech, or Syracuse inside Greensboro Coliseum. (TICKET INFORMATION).
Freshman Miah Spencer led the way offensively for the Pack, scoring a career-high 18 points on 7-11 shooting. She was joined in double figures by Kody Burke (15 points) and Markeisha Gatling (12 points and 11 rebounds). Len’Nique Brown dished out a game-high seven assists.
Natalie Achonwa was one of four players for the Fighting Irish to score in double figures, as her game-high 19 points were achieved on 8-9 shooting. She led a Notre Dame squad which shot 32-57 (56.1 percent) and went 18-19 (94.7 percent) from the free throw line.
Back-to-back threes in the early stages by Spencer and Brown gave the Pack an 8-6 advantage 5:06 into the first half. Key during this early stretch was the play of Spencer, who scored five points very shortly after coming into the game from the bench to push State’s advantage to 10-8.
Thanks to a key three-pointer from freshman Ashley Williams, the Pack took a 19-16 advantage over the Fighting Irish with 8:36 to play in the first half. This capped a 7-0 run for State which lasted 1:52.
Notre Dame would answer back with a 6-0 run to reclaim the lead at 22-19. From this point on, the Irish would score 14 of the half’s final 23 points to take a 36-28 lead into the halftime break.
In the first half, NC State shot 11-35 (31.4 percent) from the field, a figure which included a 3-11 (27.3 percent) success rate from distance. Notre Dame shot 12-26 (46.2 percent) and went 0-3 from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes. The Irish were a perfect 12-12 from the charity stripe in the first half while State hit three of its five attempts.
Holding a 42-34 advantage early in the second half, Notre Dame used a 17-0 run over the course of 7:10 to extend its lead to 59-34 with 9:40 remaining in the contest.
The Irish would ultimately outscore State 48-32 in the second half to claim the victory.
NC State will next be in action on Friday, March 7 in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 ACC Tournament. The Wolfpack will be the No. 4 seed at the tournament and will play either Clemson, Virginia Tech, or Syracuse at 11 a.m.