The disappointments have been few for NC State this season, but the Wolfpack’s performance on Sunday afternoon definitely qualifies. Georgia Tech erased a five-point halftime deficit and took advantage of another poor offensive effort from State to pull off the upset win in Raleigh.
Pace and Efficiency
The Yellow Jackets’ 26-point outburst in the third quarter was the difference today, as for one 10-minute stretch they could hardly miss: they shot 12-15 from the field in the quarter to build a double-digit lead.
And they had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter before NC State managed to battle back and make the game interesting late. But terrible execution on several possessions in the final minute doomed the Wolfpack to a loss that was well earned.
Elissa Cunane bounced back from a dreadful game against Louisville to score 17 on 4-8 shooting and an 8-8 effort at the free throw line, but Ace Konig’s struggles continued, as she went scoreless. She’s gone two straight games without hitting a three-pointer, and the Pack, which is normally perimeter-oriented, finished Sunday just 3-13 from outside.
Give the Jackets plenty of credit, but the Pack’s effort wasn’t very good, which is disappointing given the circumstances. If NC State had any hopes of winning the ACC regular season, they’re gone now.