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  WNIT: NC State 60, Richmond 55
Wolfpack Women Survive and Advance
March 21, 2013

 
By Orin Day

A bizarre moment late in the game as Richmond, trailing and lacking a time out, huddled on the edge of the court with NC State's Le'Nique Brown joining them. A bizarre moment late in the game as Richmond, trailing and lacking a time out, huddled on the edge of the court with NC State's Le'Nique Brown joining them.
Photo by Orin Day (more below!)

The Nutshell: Survive and advance. NC State used their superior size and a late surge for a comeback win over Richmond in the first round of the WNIT, advancing to face James Madison on Sunday. The Wolfpack Women took a 28-24 halftime lead on the strength of their rebounding, as a 24-12 edge on the boards led to 10 second chance points. That number helped offset their 14 first half turnovers. The second half did not unfold well. State live ball miscues leading to nine Richmond fast break points and a six point Spider lead. The Pack couldn't buy a three pointer in the second half, so they had to get it done the old fashioned way -- inside. State's guards drove the middle and dished, breaking down the Richmond defense. Back-to-back hoops by Markeshia Gatling turned a two point deficit into a two point lead with just over two minutes to play. Free throws from Myisha Goodwin-Coleman with just over a minute left gave State a two possession lead, and Pack perfection from the stripe held off a spirited Spider comeback. It wasn't pretty, but this tough win might be just what State needed to propel their WNIT run.

Top Performers:

  1. Markeisha Gatling, NC State. 14 points, 6-9 FG, 9 rebounds, 6 offensive. Gatling took over the game when State needed her most, and Richmond had no answer. Her two free throws with 11 seconds left sealed the win.

  2. Becca Wann, Richmond. 20 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists. Wann came off the bench and scored 14 of her 20 in the second half, taking and making shots that coach Shafer described as "unorthodox."

Why NC State Won: Offensive Rebounding. Their 13 point advantage in second chance points was just enough to offset Richmond's 11-0 fast break point advantage.

Why Richmond Lost: Inside game. The Spiders didn't have the muscle to compete with NC State in the paint when the game was on the line. Both teams shot the ball poorly, but State got more second chances. Richmond's last offensive rebound came at the 4:25 mark as the Spiders led 45-42.

The Game Turned When...: Marissa Kastanek scored to cut it to a one possession game with 3:59 left, then Richmond's Samantha Bilney threw the ball over the scorer's table into the stands. The small but engaged State crowd turned it up during the ensuing media timeout, and helped the Pack find the energy to get it done.

X-Factor: NC State Free Throws. The time between the ACC Tournament and tonight involved a series of what coach Harper called "games" and Kastanek called "conditioning drills" designed to help improve free throw percentage. It worked, as State was 14-18 from the stripe including 9-10 FT in the last 1:04 to seal the victory.

Areas For Improvement: Increasing shooting percentage, especially from behind the arc (2-13 3FG, 15.4%), and reducing live ball turnovers.

Ramifications: State advances to face James Madison in Harrisonburg on Sunday at 2 PM, as JMU defeated NC A&T 77-64 last night. Boston and Fordham were the other winners in this eighth of the bracket. The Pack were able to get some of the bad taste of their ACC Tournament loss to Duke out of their mouths by making a similar comeback. We'll see this weekend if they can reharness their energy of the last four minutes in a hostile environment. Wake Forest's season ended at JMU last year, and this State team will need to maintain focus at all times to avoid a similar fate.

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Link to this Photo After a foul with 11 seconds left, Richmond was down three but had no time outs.  They huddled on the court during the first free throw, and Le'Nique Brown joined them!  - NCSU Players: #2 Le'Nique Brown
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