NC State hit all five of its three-point attempts in the first quarter, but trailed UVA by two points anyway, which was annoying. You had to figure that State’s shooting would fall back to earth a bit, and then after that, who knew what would happen. But then again, well, there was what happened.
State kept making three-pointers, and kept on making them, and then frankly just welcomed more attempts as a challenge to the basketball gods—Kayla Jones was more than happy to jeopardize State’s perfect half with one last shot right before halftime, which of course she buried.
NC State finished the first half 12-12 from three. Thirty-six of its 46 first-half points came from beyond the arc, and this is a team with a really good center, mind you. Even Elissa Cunane got in on the action in the second quarter, knocking down a three-point attempt from the left wing.
Pace and Efficiency
I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff in my time but this ranks right up there at the top for its improbability. They pitched a perfect half from outside, and it wasn’t for a lack of attempts, and also this was an NCAA record for consecutive made three-point tries.
State ended up shooting 63.6% from three and 60% at the free throw line. It was that kind of day.