NC State Falls 79-53 at Miami in ACC Opener
Dec. 20, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - NC State suffered through a miserable shooting evening in a 79-53 ACC-opening setback at Miami on Thursday at BankUnited Center.
Junior forward Kody Burke led NC State (7-5, 0-1 ACC) with 13 points and eight rebounds, while junior Breezy Williams added 10 points in leading the reserves, who scored 34 points in the game. Len'Nique Brown and Ashley Eli added eight and seven points, respectively off the bench.
Miami (8-2, 1-0 ACC) got five players in double figures, led by Stefanie Yderstrom's game-high 21 points. Michelle Woods and Morgan Stroman had 15 and 14 points, respectively, and Shawnice Wilson and Keyona Hayes each added 10 points.
"This was tough, we couldn't get anything going on the offensive end," said NC State head coach Kellie Harper. "We weren't taking good shots, but also we were taking rushed shots.
"I thought we were too soft on defense at the start of the game, and Miami played with so much confidence and was able to dictate the pace of the game. I thought in the first half our offense dictated how we played on defense."
Miami led by a comfortable 24 points at the break. Any chance of a comeback was put to rest when NC State took over five minutes to make a second-half bucket, and that saw the deficit balloon to a 38-point, 59-21 margin with 15:40 on the clock.
It was 65-27 with 12:47 to go when the Wolfpack bench played a majority of the final minutes, and outscored the Hurricanes by a 26-14 margin the rest of the way.
NC State shot 27.4 percent for the game, a staggering 1-of-21 from three-point land and just 12-of-20 from the free throw line.
Senior Marissa Kastanek was held scoreless for the first time in career game No. 111.
The Hurricanes got off to a fast start by racing to a 14-3 lead three minutes, 14 seconds into action that forced the Wolfpack to take an early timeout.
Miami made six of its first seven shots to lead 16-5 at the first media timeout, and would extend the lead to 20-5 moments later as Woods and Stroman combined for 13 early points.
Meanwhile, State made just two of its first 15 shots, after coming into the game as the 13th best shooting team in the nation.
Goodwin-Coleman drained a three-ball from the wing to cut the deficit down to 22-11 midway through the first half, but Miami answered right back with the next nine points to lead 31-11.
The 'Canes expanded its margin to as many as 26 points in the final minute before halftime as the home team led 45-21 at intermission.
Miami shot 51.5 percent (17-of-33) in the first half, while the Wolfpack stumbled to just 19.4 percent (7-of-36) to post its lowest first-half score of the year.
NC State steps out of conference for the final time of the regular season to play at St. Bonaventure on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m.