State lost to Miami 80-71 Sunday afternoon in Miami. Here is why. From GoPack:
Miami was led by Krystal Saunders, who had a career day in the Hurricanes’ win. Saunders scored 22 points on 6-10 shooting and shot a red-hot 6-8 from beyond the three-point arc.
Note if you have seen this before. Saunders scores just over 6 points per game, shoots about 33% from the arc and was 1 of 6 from the arc in her last game at Boston College.
Gatling had a good game for State scoring 25 points on 11-16 from the field. Also note that
NC State outrebounded (45-42) and outshot (42%-38%) Miami (11-7, 3-2 ACC) but had difficulty overcoming 17 turnovers, miscues from which the Hurricanes scored 16 points. Again, from the GoPack article.
For a team having only 8 turnovers against FSU, one intentional at the end of the game due to a shot clock violation, having so many turnovers is unsettling. Miami is athletic and quick, but State has beaten teams of that nature this year.
I might add that State had 21 turnovers last Sunday at Wake and 22 at UNC. As such, State is struggling with regard to turnovers when on the conference road.
State pulled to within 3 (66 to 63) with just over four minutes left, but did not make a real effort to get Gatling the ball the rest of the game settling for outside shots from the arc or just inside the arc. Miami has only three players more than six feet on its roster and the tallest is six-two, so passing the ball inside to Gatling was the way to go.
This game was winnable as Miami is now 11-7, has an RPI (WarrenNolan) of 90 and a record of 1-4 against top 50 teams. State on the other hand is 3-1 against top 50 teams. It would be nice if State could get to ten conference wins but with this loss and the remaining schedule (Maryland, Duke, ND and GT on the road), it now looks dicey. Even VaTech without a win in the conference is proving to be difficult to beat.