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NC State puts a hurtin’ on Cincinnati, 79-45

NCAA Womens Basketball: NC State at Connecticut Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Madison Hayes got NC State rolling early Friday afternoon, and for the second time in as many days, the Wolfpack clobbered a power-conference opponent. State once again put together an excellent first half, and after the game was tied at 10 four minutes in, the Pack outscored Cincinnati 40-12 over the next 16 minutes.

The big halftime margin gave Wes Moore another opportunity to spread the minutes around and let his freshmen spend quite a bit of time on the floor together; the result was a sloppier second half offensively, but it ain’t like the Bearcats were faring any better themselves.

Four Factors

... NC State Cincy
... NC State Cincy
eFG% 49.2 28.0
TO% 19.9 23.7
OR% 27.5 20.0
FTR 39.1 15.2

Pace and Efficiency

Cincy 45 80 56.3 98.8
NC State 79 80 98.8 56.3

Cincinnati was cold from the field and shot a deeply unfortunate 28% inside the arc, while the Pack defense limited the Bearcats’ second-chance opportunities. Cincinnati trailed by double figures for the last 31 minutes and never threatened to get back into the game.

State had six players score in double digits, led by Hayes, who had 16—10 in the first quarter—to go with 12 boards. Aziaha James had 13, Zoe Brooks scored 12 with three dimes, Laci Steele added 11, and Mallory Collier and River Baldwin scored 10 apiece. It was a quiet night offensively for Saniya Rivers, though she did grab eight boards in 24 minutes.

NC State will close out its Paradise Jam slate against third-ranked Colorado at 1 p.m. ET tomorrow. That one unfortunately is stream-only.