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  Spartans Overpower NC State, 68-51
Michigan State Too Much in ACC - Big Ten Clash
November 29, 2012

 
By Rob Clough, Photos by Orin Day

NC State and Kody Burke kept battling all evening, but Michigan State prevailed.
NC State and Kody Burke kept battling all evening, but Michigan State prevailed.

A brutally efficient Michigan State squad trounced a frequently disorganized NC State team that looked a step slow at both ends. The Spartans started out the game on a 23-5 run built on running variations on two different plays on offense. Point guard Jasmine Thomas would penetrate from the baseline or the wing, and then dish to the right corner. That player would either take the shot or else pass it to the wing to an even more open player. They nailed a trio of treys in that manner in the first five minutes of the game. The other play used a high screen to open up a driving lane, and that player either went all the way or passed to a rolling cutter. On defense, MSU used a passive man-to-man that made great use of its length and quickness in getting to help spots on the floor. More to the point, it was a very physical defense that pushed players off their preferred spots. NC State got called for offensive fouls (both moving screens) on their first two possessions, and it looked like they became tentative about contact after that for quite awhile.

NCSU eventually started forcing some turnovers by getting in passing lanes and attacking dribbles and pulled within 7 at the half. They made it 39-38 when MSU coach Suzy Merchant made a tactical change: she had the bigs start to bring up the ball to give a little relief to Thomas. Wolfpack coach Kellie Harper said that her team started rushing shots at that point, and Michigan State took control with a 10-0 run. The Spartans soon pushed that lead up to 19 and were never seriously threatened again. Forward Klarissa Bell had 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Thomas had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Myisha Goodwin-Coleman and Markeisha Gatling had 10 points apiece for the pack.

Why Michigan State Won: They held an 18-4 edge in second chance points on just 10 offensive rebounds. That speaks to their incredible efficiency tonight in turning missed shots into scores.

Why NC State Lost: Stars Marissa Kastanek and Kody Burke combined for 6-22 shooting from the floor. MSU did a great job of cutting off NCSU's stars from connecting passes. The Wolfpack half-court defense was consistently a step slow.

The Game Turned When...: The Spartans went on a 10-0 run after the Pack drew within one point.

X-Factor: Jasmine Hines, Michigan State. The burly post player only had 1 point and 3 rebounds, but she gave MSU 22 crucial minutes off the bench and pushed around State's post players, even ripping a rebound out of another player's hands at one point.

Ramifications: NC State is now 5-3 and was thoroughly outplayed at home in front of a good crowd (2,143). Quality wins will be needed to to preserve the Pack's NCAA Tournament hopes; this weekend's game at LSU will be pivotal in that quest.


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Link to this Photo Kastanek with Dee Kantner before tip off  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Kastanek with Dee Kantner before tip off
 
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Link to this Photo Barrett on the bounce  - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett
Barrett on the bounce
 
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Link to this Photo The inflatable version  - NCSU Players: Mascot Mr. Wuf
The inflatable version
 
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Link to this Photo Thomas shot 6-13, with open looks like this  - MSU Players: #1 Jasmine Thomas
Thomas shot 6-13, with open looks like this
 
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Link to this Photo Gatling takes the floor  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek, #34 Markeisha Gatling
Gatling takes the floor
 
NCSU Tags: #23 Marissa Kastanek, #34 Markeisha Gatling
Link to this Photo Eli on the line  - NCSU Players: #10 Ashley Eli
Eli on the line
 
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Link to this Photo Mark Simons, now a Michigan State assistant, is well known to Georgia Tech and Duke followers
Mark Simons, now a Michigan State assistant, is well known to Georgia Tech and Duke followers
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - NCSU Players: #2 Le'Nique Brown
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Link to this Photo MSU put NC State in a huge hole
MSU put NC State in a huge hole
Link to this Photo NC State mounts a comeback  - NCSU Players: #10 Ashley Eli
NC State mounts a comeback
 
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Link to this Photo Barrett scores over Thomas during a Wolfpack run  - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett - MSU Tags: #1 Jasmine Thomas
Barrett scores over Thomas during a Wolfpack run
 
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Link to this Photo When not shooting open threes, Michigan State got past the NC State defense for layup after layup  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek - MSU Tags: #52 Becca Mills
When not shooting open threes, Michigan State got past the NC State defense for layup after layup
 
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MSU Tags: #52 Becca Mills

Link to this Photo Kastanek drives  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Kastanek drives
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett
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Link to this Photo A nice twisting move to the goal  - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett - MSU Tags: #52 Becca Mills
A nice twisting move to the goal
 
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Link to this Photo Kastanek and Goodwin-Coleman made back-to-back Wolfpack threes, it was starting to become a game again  - NCSU Players: #1 Myisha Goodwin-Coleman - MSU Tags: #1 Jasmine Thomas
Kastanek and Goodwin-Coleman made back-to-back Wolfpack threes, it was starting to become a game again
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - NCSU Players: #5 Breezy Williams
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Link to this Photo Foul on Mills, Burke free throw makes it 32-24 MSU  - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke - MSU Tags: #52 Becca Mills
Foul on Mills, Burke free throw makes it 32-24 MSU
 
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Link to this Photo Pack let Mills get an open look with 30 seconds left in the half, the three extended the Spartan lead to nine  - MSU Players: #52 Becca Mills
Pack let Mills get an open look with 30 seconds left in the half, the three extended the Spartan lead to nine
 
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Link to this Photo Gatling was hacked with .8 seconds left, making the halftime margin 39-32 Spartans  - NCSU Players: #34 Markeisha Gatling
Gatling was hacked with .8 seconds left, making the halftime margin 39-32 Spartans
 
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Link to this Photo With the deficit cut to one, Kody Burke relays the defensive signal  - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
With the deficit cut to one, Kody Burke relays the defensive signal
 
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Link to this Photo Schiffauer should have been credited with a blocked shot for this stop, she did get the rebound and MSU started to gain separation  - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett - MSU Tags: #24 Courtney Schiffauer
Schiffauer should have been credited with a blocked shot for this stop, she did get the rebound and MSU started to gain separation
 
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Link to this Photo Burke gets a hand check, sees no outlet inside  - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
Burke gets a hand check, sees no outlet inside
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - NCSU Players: #52 Kiana Evans
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Link to this Photo A 2-11 shooting night for NCSU's star, 0-4 from distance in the second half  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
A 2-11 shooting night for NCSU's star, 0-4 from distance in the second half
 
NCSU Tags: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Link to this Photo Bright spot for NC State, Brown draws a charge  - NCSU Players: #2 Le'Nique Brown - MSU Tags: #24 Courtney Schiffauer
Bright spot for NC State, Brown draws a charge
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - NCSU Players:  NCSU Cheerleaders
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Link to this Photo Making an entry pass  - NCSU Players: #2 Le'Nique Brown
Making an entry pass
 
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Link to this Photo All the rebounds seemed to belong to Michigan State  - MSU Players: #21 Klarissa Bell
All the rebounds seemed to belong to Michigan State
 
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Link to this Photo Back to single digits for the last time  - NCSU Players: #2 Le'Nique Brown
Back to single digits for the last time
 
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Link to this Photo The Pack needed to convert their open looks, didn't  - NCSU Players: #10 Ashley Eli
The Pack needed to convert their open looks, didn't
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - NCSU Players: Head Coach Kellie Harper
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Link to this Photo NC State kept battling  - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke - MSU Tags: #24 Courtney Schiffauer
NC State kept battling
 
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Link to this Photo Michigan State had four players with 36+ minutes, two played 40, but they remained effective even when tired  - MSU Players: #24 Courtney Schiffauer
Michigan State had four players with 36+ minutes, two played 40, but they remained effective even when tired
 
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Link to this Photo Kastanek drives in the waning minutes  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek - MSU Tags: #52 Becca Mills
Kastanek drives in the waning minutes
 
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Link to this Photo Alma Mater  - NCSU Players: #5 Breezy Williams, #12 Krystal Barrett, #34 Markeisha Gatling
Alma Mater
 
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Link to this Photo Goodnight, fans  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Goodnight, fans
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - NCSU Players: #34 Markeisha Gatling
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