NC State Surges Late To Defeat UNCW
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Freshman Krystal Barrett scored 16 points to lead five NC State players in double figures as the Wolfpack posted an 83-64 victory over UNCW in collegiate women's basketball action Wednesday at Reynolds Coliseum.
NC State improved to 2-0 on the young season as it picked up its fourth straight victory against the Seahawks to remain undefeated in the all-time series between the two in-state rivals. UNCW, meanwhile, dropped to 0-3.
Barrett was 4-for-6 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line to guide a Wolfpack attack that shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61) from the field for the contest and converted 22-of-30 (.733) attempts from the charity stripe.
Junior Marissa Kastanek added 14 points while sophomore Kody Burke chipped in 13. Sophomore Myisha Goodwin-Coleman added 11 points and dished out a game-high eight assists. Senior Bonae Holston finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds to record a double-double as the Wolfpack enjoyed a 51-33 advantage on the glass.
Sophomore Alisha Andrews established a new career-high with 23 points, 14 of which came in the first half, to lead UNCW. Andrews was 4-of-6 from three-point range to power a Seahawks three-point attack that finished the game 8-of-14 (.571) from beyond the arc, including a torrid 7-for-10 from long distance in the opening frame.
With the score tied at 43-all early in the second half, a three-pointer by Kastanek sparked a 9-2 run to stake NC State to a 52-45 lead with 14:53 remaining.
The two sides would trade baskets over the next six minutes until, with the score 61-57 in favor of the Wolfpack and 8:50 remaining on the clock, a three-point possession on free-throw by Barrett and a put-back by Burke sent NC State on a 22-7 run that would extend to the final buzzer and give the Wolfpack a 19-point victory.
Earlier in the contest, during a back-and-forth first half that featured a total of seven ties and 12 lead changes, UNCW rattled off eight unanswered points to erase a one-point deficit and build a 15-8 advantage.
NCSU countered the Seahawks stretch with a 12-3 run to take a 19-18 lead, only to see an Andrews' three-pointer spark the Seahawks to another 8-0 spurt that would rebuild their seven-point cushion, 26-19.
The Wolfpack responded once again, this time tallying six straight points to start a 13-5 stretch that would once again put them ahead by one, 32-31.
A jumper by Andrews would spell the end of the NC State spurt and give the Seahawks a one-point lead, 33-32.
That advantage would be short-lived, however, as the two sides exchanged points over the remaining four minutes of the first half until a jumper by sophomore Lakessa Daniel sent the game to halftime deadlocked at 39-all.
UNCW opens the home portion of its 2011-12 schedule Sunday as it welcomes long-time rival East Carolina to Trask Coliseum for a 2 p.m. matinee. NC State is on the road Sunday for a 2 p.m. contest at TCU.
GAME NOTES: UNCW moved to 2-23 all-time against schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference ... Wednesday's contest marked the third straight season that the Seahawks have squared off against an ACC opponent for the third straight season and the first of two ACC opponents for UNCW this season as they will play at Duke on Dec. 20 ... NC State recorded its 49th straight home victory over a non-conference opponent from the state of North Carolina ... The game featured a total of nine ties and 13 lead changes ... NC State held a 34-24 advantage in points in the paint and enjoyed a 29-21 edge in points scored off turnovers ... The Wolfpack also posted a 15-5 edge in second-chance points and a 16-4 advantage in fast-break points ... UNCW recorded double-figure steals for the second time in three games this season ... The Seahawks posted double-digit assists for the three time this season and the seven straight contest dating back to the end of last season ... UNCW committed 20 or more turnovers for the third straight contest ... UNCW's eight three-pointers made matched the Seahawks high in that category from last season ... The Seahawks shot below 40 percent from the floor for the second straight contest.
2- Tawanna Lee
4 - Alisha Andrews
13 -Jovana Mandic
40 - Karneshia Garrett
42 - Chelsea McGowen