When these teams met in Chestnut Hill three weeks ago, Boston College did everything except close out the upset, surrendering a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter. This time around, however, NC State had no interest in getting into that sort of trouble.
It’s a simple game sometimes, as the result today illustrated: if you out-shoot your opponent by a lot, you’re gonna win the game. Gotta make shots.
Pace and Efficiency
Elissa Cunane made all of hers, finishing 9-9 from the field on the way to 24 points. The Wolfpack didn’t get much offense from the perimeter, but led by Cunane, State knocked down 63% of its twos.
State’s defense, meanwhile, was stifling in limiting Boston College to 31% shooting inside the arc. The Eagles had a modest edge on the glass and finished +5 in turnover margin, but the gulf in paint performance was too vast for them to keep up on the scoreboard.
NC State led by nine at halftime and came out with a strong third quarter to put the Eagles away. The Pack took a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter and from there it was just a matter of making sure nothing strange happened.
Raina Perez was 7-11 from the field for 16 points, and she also added nine assists (with six turnovers, though). Jakia Brown-Turner scored 13 and Jada Boyd added 10 off the bench.
With this win, NC State is 5-0 in league play.