After a week off, State hosted Wake Forest Thursday night at Reynolds Coliseum. State behind Markeisha Gatling's 19 points and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman's 16 points handed Wake a 74-69 loss. State's record moved to 20-3 (7-2 conference).
Gatling shot 8-12 from the field while Goodwin-Coleman shot 6-13. State in the first half was paced by Goodwin-Coleman's 13 points on 3 of 4 baskets from the arc-many way beyond the arc. Len'Nique Brown played only 7 minutes in the first half and did not score. In the second half, Brown scored 14 points going 5-10 from the field.
Other than Gatling, State's basket production came from the guards as Krystal Barrett scored 7 points to go along with Goodwin-Coleman's 16 and Brown's 14. Barrett's play has improved dramatically over the season as she has played in control with less wild shots on drives to the basket and more made three point shots. On the other hand, Kody Burke's production over the last two games has decreased. Kody did score 11 points, but to do so, she shot 5-16 form the field, 2-11 in the first half. This follows a 10 point 3-10 performance against Maryland.
Kody's play became inconsistent at this point last year and a repeat performance would make it difficult on the team. That she was matched up against Alyssa Thomas in the Maryland game and Dearica Hamby, the conference's leading scorer, in this game, has to be taken into consideration. However, one has to wonder if Kody is exhausted after examining the number of minutes she has played in conference play:
Syracuse 33 minutes; UNC 37 minutes; Wake 35 minutes; FSU 37 minutes; Miami 36 minutes; BC 35 minutes; GT 38 minutes; and Maryland 37 minutes. Coach Moore is basically using a 6 or 7 player rotation and with no substitute able to provide solid back-up minutes for Burke, Burke is playing a high number of minutes. The number of minutes played become especially high when Gatling gets into early foul trouble.
State's schedule remains difficult with games against UNC, Duke and Notre Dame remaining. Here is hoping that Burke's last two games are an anomaly.