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No. 9 NC State women roll to impressive 68-51 win over No. 13 Florida State

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 07 Women’s NC State at Florida State Photo by David Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

NC State was up to the challenge presented by Florida State on Thursday, and the Wolfpack led by as many as 21 points on the way to prevailing by 17. NC State led the game for nearly 37 minutes as the cold-shooting Seminoles failed to mount a serious threat in the second half.

Factors

Four Factors NC State FSU
Four Factors NC State FSU
eFG% 51.7 39.7
TO% 15.6 14.1
OR% 27.3 25.6
FTR 16.9 22.4

Pace and Efficiency

Team Pts Poss OFF_EFF DEF_EFF
Team Pts Poss OFF_EFF DEF_EFF
NC State 68 64 106.3 79.7
FSU 51 64 79.7 106.3

FSU has been outstanding at the offensive end this season (9th in offensive efficiency), so this was an impressive defensive performance by the Pack. Part of FSU’s recipe for success is second-chance opportunities—this is one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the country, but the Pack allowed the Seminoles to grab only about a quarter of their misses.

Defensive rebounding like that is always a big deal when the other team is shooting the ball poorly. The Pack didn’t give FSU any way around a below-average performance.

Elissa Cunane racked up another double-double, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds, as well as five blocked shots. Freshman Jakia Brown-Turner scored a career-high 18 points on 7-10 shooting, including 3-4 from three.

NC State improved to 5-1 in league play and has sole possession of second place in the ACC.