Wolfpack Sprints Past Wildcats, 86-63
Nov. 26, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's basketball team continued its unbeaten run in impressive fashion Tuesday night, handily defeating the visiting Davidson Wildcats by a final score of 86-63 to improve to 6-0 under new head coach Wes Moore.
The win was State's 13th in its last 14 nonconference home games and kept the Pack off to its best start to a season since the 2001-02 campaign also began 6-0.
Five Wolfpack student-athletes scored 10 points or more in the victory, with Kody Burke (17), Miah Spencer (14 - career high), Markeisha Gatling (12), Len'Nique Brown (12), Krystal Barrett (10) all achieving double figures. The Wolfpack shot 32-63 (50.8 percent) from the field in the win, marking the third time this season the team has shot 50 percent or higher in a game.
State also outrebounded the Wildcats (2-5) by a 43-31 margin. The Wolfpack has collected more rebounds than its opponents in all six games this season.
The Wolfpack got off to a strong start, leaping out to a 9-2 lead just 2:03 into the contest. Davidson would battle back over the course of the next 2:14, however, cutting State's lead to one point (11-10) on a Laura Murray layup at the 15:10 mark.
With State holding a 31-30 lead, the Wolfpack ripped off a 14-3 run to carry a 45-33 lead into the halftime break. Both teams shot quite well in the first 20 minutes, with State shooting 16-30 (53.3 percent) and Davidson putting up a mark of 11-26 (42.3 percent). Murray and Hannah Early were key for the visitors in the first half, each scoring 14 points in the period.
State started well to begin the second half, scoring 16 of the first 25 points of the frame to take its largest lead at the time (61-42) with 12:51 to play. Len'Nique Brown was very accurate in the early stages of the second half, scoring six points on 2-2 three-point shooting.
The Pack would ultimately extend its lead to as high as 26 points (86-60) when Ashley Eli drove to the basket and laid one in with 97 seconds to play. From then on out, Davidson would add three points on a shot from distance by Shannon Eriksson.
NC State will next be in action beginning on Nov. 29 at the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla. The Wolfpack will begin its slate of three games in three days at the tournament against Wright State at 2:30 p.m.