Wolfpack Tames Tigers, Improves to 2-0
Nov. 11, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's basketball team began a season at 2-0 for the fourth straight year Monday night, taking down visiting Towson by a final score of 69-46 at Reynolds Coliseum.
Holding a 48-40 advantage with 12:20 left in the game, State (2-0) ripped off a 21-6 run to end the contest on a very high note.
Senior center Markeisha Gatling led the way offensively for the Wolfpack, scoring 20 points on 9-14 shooting from the field. She was joined in double figures by teammate Len'Nique Brown, who collected her first career double-double with a 13-point, 11-rebound effort in the victory.
NC State connected on 28 of 59 field goals (47.5 percent) in the game and outrebounded Towson (0-2) by a final margin of 39-26. The Wolfpack held the Tigers to just two fast-break points and never allowed them to hold a lead in the game.
State got off to a strong start right from the opening tip, taking a 10-2 lead just 2:41 into the game on early buckets from Myisha Goodwin-Coleman and Gatling. Goodwin-Coleman sank her first two three-point attempts while Gatling began the game a perfect 2-2 from the field.
The Wolfpack began the game shooting very accurately from the field, connecting on seven of its first nine shots (77.8 percent).
Towson would pull within five points (21-16) with 9:45 to play in the first half, but State would end the frame on a 17-7 run to take a 38-23 lead into the halftime break. The Wolfpack shot exceptionally well from the field in the first 20 minutes, connecting on 16 of 28 field goals (57.1 percent) and going 5-12 (41.7 percent) from three-point distance. State's scoring was quite balanced in the first frame, as eight Wolfpack student-athletes scored at least two points while six scored four points or more.
With State holding a 44-27 lead, Towson pieced together a 13-4 run over the next 4:50 to pull within eight points. Gatling put a halt to this run with a mid-range jumper, a shot which was her ninth made field goal of the evening and gave her 20 points on the night.
Upon Ashley Williams hitting her first three-pointer of the evening with six minutes remaining in the second half, the Pack would take its largest lead of the evening at 19 (61-42). From there, the Pack would score eight of the final 12 points in the game to cruise to victory.
NC State will next be in action on Saturday, Nov. 16 against Presbyterian. The Wolfpack and Blue Hose will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum beginning at noon.