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    NC State WBB Falls to Duke in ACC Quarterfinals
    Marissa Kastanek
    Marissa Kastanek

    March 8, 2013

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    GREENSBORO, N.C. - The NC State women's basketball team was defeated by Duke, 79-65, in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament Friday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum.

    Marissa Kastanek led the Wolfpack with 18 points, while Markeisha Gatling added 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and a team-high nine rebounds.

    Kastanek tied the school record with her 131st game played, and moved into eighth on the program's all-time scoring list. She now has 1,639 career points, the largest total by an NC State player since Chastity Melton accumulated 2,042 points from 1994-98.

    "We [NC State] thought we were going to win the tournament," said head coach Kellie Harper. "As a coach, you want a group that comes in expecting to win. They were playing to win tonight."

    The Blue Devils (28-2, 17-1 ACC) scored the first basket of the game, but the Wolfpack (16-16, 7-11 ACC) responded immediately with a 7-0 run to take a 7-3 lead just two and a half minutes into the contest. Duke tried to pull away with a 27-17 advantage and 8:45 on the clock, but NC State responded with a 6-0 run of its own to cut the deficit to four with 7:20 remaining in the half.

    Both sides went back-and-forth for the remainder of the period, but the Blue Devils used a 5-0 run to close out the first half and take a 42-33 lead into the locker rooms.

    Gatling led NC State with 12 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting, while pulling down five boards.

    The Pack shot 13-of-30 (.433) from the field and 5-of-13 (.385) from three-point land, while Duke shot 50 percent from the floor and a scorching 8-of-12 (.667) from beyond the arc. State held a 14-10 scoring advantage in the paint and limited the Blue Devils to no fast-break points in the half.

    NC State responded out of the intermission with a 5-0 run of its own to cut Duke's lead to four at 42-38. The Blue Devils jumped ahead again with a 49-42 lead, but the Pack used a 7-0 run capped by a fast-break layup by Kastanek to tie the game at 49-all.

    After Duke missed the back end of a two-shot foul, the Wolfpack went back down the court where Gatling rolled in a put-back layup to give NC State a 51-50 advantage. Myisha Goodwin-Coleman drained a three-ball on the next possession to give the Pack a 54-50 lead with 10:36 remaining.

    The Blue Devils regained the lead at 58-57 with 6:15 left after Tricia Liston's fifth three-pointer and Duke would not relinquish its lead for the duration of the game.

    "At that point, when they took the lead, I thought we panicked a little bit [and] rushed some things," Harper said. "But I thought the big key was they got free for a few shots and knocked them down."

    Liston guided Duke with 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting, which included a 6-of-10 clip from beyond the arc, while also grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Alexis Jones contributed 17 points and eight assists and Elizabeth Williams contributed 13 points, nine boards and three blocks.

    "We obviously played a very solid team tonight," said Harper. "I think Duke is very talented. They're balanced, especially on the offensive end. It hurts for us to come up short."

    NC State finished the day shooting 25-of-60 (.417) and 8-of-24 (.333) from the three-point line, as Duke shot 25-of-57 (.439) overall, 12-of-21 (.571) from behind the three-point arc and 17-of-22 (.773) at the free throw line. The Pack outscored the Blue Devils, 28-20, in the paint.



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