The NC State women’s basketball team (7-1) got right back to its winning ways on Saturday afternoon, handily defeating the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in Gulf Coast Showcase action, 87-59
State shot 34-69 (49.3 percent) as a team, had five student-athletes score in double figures, and won the turnover battle by 18. Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (15 points), Krystal Barrett (14 – season high), Miah Spencer (13), Kody Burke (13), and Markeisha Gatling (10) all scored in double figures for the Pack. Spencer added a game-high five assists to her scoring effort.
With the win, Sunday’s tournament finale for NC State will be the winner of UCLA and Grand Canyon, a game set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s game time for NC State is still to be determined.
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The NC State women’s basketball team never trailed en route to thumping the UCLA Bruins by a final score of 67-49 Sunday afternoon during its final action of the 2013 Gulf Coast Showcase in Germain Arena.
With the win, State (8-1) finished the tournament with a 2-1 record and claimed fifth place. The victory was State’s sixth all-time over UCLA, giving the Wolfpack a 6-2 advantage in the series between the two programs.
NC State shot 26-48 (54.2 percent) from the field in the win. The Wolfpack outrebounded UCLA by 12 (30-18) and dished out 17 assists on 26 made field goals. Miah Spencer tied a career high with 14 points and was one of three Wolfpack student-athletes to score 10+ points, as Krystal Barrett and Markeisha Gatling each chipped in 10 points apiece.
UCLA has a WarrenNolan RPI of 80, so beating UCLA is a fair win; however, beating Southeastern Louisiana, which has a WarrenNolan RPI of 327, is not. At the end of week four, State had a WarrenNolan RPI of 52. State's WarrenNolan RPI is currently 98. Had Wright State won the Showcase, it would have been helpful to the Pack; however, Wright State lost to Middle Tennessee 69-62 last night.
Better to go 2-1 as opposed to 0-3; however, one cannot help but feel that this tournament was made for State's taking. As written in an earlier post, the next game at Northwestern (5-1; WarrenNolan RPI of 46) will go a long way in showing what this team is or is not.