The win didn’t come as easily as anticipated on a night where most of the Wolfpack struggled from the field, but Saniya Rivers was back in her bag, and she helped carry NC State to a comfortable win over Vanderbilt.
It looked like it was going to be another victory on cruise control as State doubled its halftime lead from nine to eighteen after the third quarter, then pushed ahead by as many as 26 early in the fourth quarter before watching its offense dry up and the Commodores claw back.
Pace and Efficiency
It got a little dicey there down the stretch as State missed opportunities to close it out on a stronger note, but Vanderbilt never got closer than the eight-point final margin.
Rivers led the way with 22 points on 8-14 shooting and eight boards, while Aziaha James scored 14 points on 6-10 shooting, and River Baldwin finished with a 12-and-10 double double. Those three were at 50% or better from the field, but the rest of the team, um, was not. In fact the Rivers-James-Baldwin trio accounted for 19 of State’s 23 made shots on the night.
The Pack also shot just 60% at the free throw line, adding some hassle where it didn’t need to, but hey, no biggie.
After completing the men’s-women’s hoops season sweep of Vanderbilt, the ladies will be back in action at home against Illinois State on Sunday.