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NC State women’s hoops completes 3-0 road swing with 71-59 victory over Virginia Tech

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That’s some fine work against a pretty good team.

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 23 Div I Women’s Championship - First Round - Maine v NC State Photo by Michael Berg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Neither NC State nor Virginia Tech shot the ball well on Thursday night, but Tech was worse by an order of magnitude and State completed the season sweep of the Hokies without having to sweat it out too much.

Four Factors

... NC State Virginia Tech
... NC State Virginia Tech
eFG% 43.6 34.1
TO% 14.6 11.7
OR% 25.7 31.9
FTR 50.9 28.8

Pace and Efficiency

NC State 71 69 102.9 85.5
Virginia Tech 59 69 85.5 102.9

Virginia Tech managed only 17 points in the first half but scored 22 in the third quarter to trim an 11-point halftime deficit to one point late in the period. NC State did a nice job responding to runs all night, and this was a case in point: Elissa Cunane scored an easy bucket off a nice set play to push the lead back to three, and Kai Crutchfield converted a three-point play shortly after to extend the advantage to six.

State took that six-point lead into the fourth quarter and did not allow Virginia Tech to get any closer. The closing few minutes ended up becoming a rather tedious free throw exhibition at both ends, and the Pack closed things out at the stripe.

The Pack didn’t get many jumpers to fall and Cunane finished 4-15 from the floor, but the team shot 23-28 at the free throw line (Cunane was 8-10). The Hokies had more than their share of problems putting the point-sphere through the success-ring, hitting only 32% of their twos and 26% of their threes. They gave NC State a hell of a challenge in Raleigh earlier this year but couldn’t manage enough offense for a repeat.

Freshman Jada Boyd was a standout for the Pack on a night where the regulars were struggling—she scored 10 points on 4-6 shooting and created problems off the bounce all night. Fellow freshman Jakia Brown-Turner added 11 points, also on 4-6 shooting.

NC State is 22-1 (11-1) and will be off until next Thursday, when the Pack hosts Louisville for a game that may decide the ACC regular season.