Nov. 25, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – NC State lost 76-72 to Northern Iowa in the final game of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout Sunday at South Point Arena.
Kody Burke (16 points) put NC State up 63-56 with a jumper at the 7:12 mark of the second half, and it appeared that the Wolfpack was on its way to two wins in Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving holiday.
However, the Wolfpack went ice cold from the field; missing all four of its shots in a span of 6:18 to let UNI (3-3) take over the game with a 14-1 run. Five turnovers also fueled the scoring drought for NC State.
The Panthers led 70-64 with just over a minute left in the second half. Marissa Kastanek (17 points) drained a three-pointer to get within three points, but Jacqui Kalin (28 points) went 8-for-8 from the free throw line down the stretch to keep the Wolfpack from coming back for the second time today.
UNI was white hot in the first half from beyond the arc to lead by as many as 12, 38-26. The Panthers made 10 three-pointers alone in the opening half, and led 41-31, with 3:55 to play until halftime.
NC State (5-2) caught fire in the late stages of the first half, going on a 21-3 run over the final 4:58 of the half. Scoring the final 16 points of the half gave the Pack a 47-41 advantage.
Using its height advantage with Burke and Markeisha Gatling (16 points), State was able to offset the torrid three-point shooting by the Panthers by dominating the paint to the tune of a 25-9 rebounding advantage in the first half. That led to an 11-0 advantage in second-chance points.
UNI scored the first six points out of intermission to tie the game up 47-all, but Burke and Gatling scored 10 of the Pack’s next 12 points to regain a foot hold on momentum with a 59-54 lead.
NC State still led 64-59 after a free throw from Gatling at the 4:23 mark. Moments later Jess McDowell would score the only four points of the game to give the Panthers a lead that it would never give back.
Krystal Barrett had 12 points for the Wolfpack to round out four double-digit scorers.
Burke was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in three games.
NC State will host Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.