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Big second half propels NC State past NC A&T, 79-58, in first round of NCAA tournament

NCAA Womens Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament - NC State vs Georgia Tech Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

NC State has had some decisive third-quarter performances this season and put together another one this afternoon to put NC A&T away. Give the Aggies credit for hanging around in the first half, but their shooting was bound to cool off, and when it did, the Wolfpack took full control.

Four Factors

... NC State NC A&T
... NC State NC A&T
eFG% 61.5 46.4
TO% 22.3 19.3
OR% 32.0 18.2
FTR 34.6 16.1

Pace and Efficiency

NC A&T 58 67 86.6 117.9
NC State 79 67 117.9 86.6

A&T shot just 8-28 from the field in the second half as NC State put the clamps on defensively, and the Pack expanded its seven-point halftime lead to 20 by the end of the third quarter.

It was the Jada Boyd show early in the second half, as she scored State’s first six points to push the lead to 13. It took less than a minute for State’s lead to reach double figures, and the Aggies would not get it any closer from there.

Boyd was tremendous off the bench, as she so often is, scoring 18 points on 8-11 shooting. Kai Crutchfield, Jakia Brown-Turner, and Elissa Cunane also scored in double figures.

Wes Moore made a point to go deep into his bench when the opportunity presented, so fatigue won’t be a problem in the second round. Crutchfield was the only Wolfpack player to log more than 29 minutes—Cunane and Brown-Turner each played just 24 minutes.

NC State now will await the winner of USF-Washington State, which doesn’t tip until 9:30 p.m. ET tonight.