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  ACC 2nd Round: #6 NC State 76, #14 Boston College 60
Wolfpack Women Dominate the Eagles to Advance
March 3, 2016

 
By John Mundy, Photos by Orin Day

Miah Spencer led all scorers with 17 points as sixth seed NC State rolled over 14-seed Boston College, 76-60 in the final Second Round game of the 2016 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. The Wolfpack Women advance to face #3 seed Syracuse in Friday's nightcap quarterfinal at 8:00 PM
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GREENSBORO -- In the world of modern college basketball, the magic number for teams across the nations seems to be 20. As in, "20 wins would sure make us attractive to the NCAA selection committee!" Stuck on 19 wins and having slogged through the season playing in a high school gymnasium, the Wolfpack came out of its corner Thursday swinging, and landed the knockout punch barely six minutes in. The Pack led 18-3 with 4:10 left in the first quarter and eventually led by as many as 28 in the third before sending Boston College home with a 76-60 loss. Afterward, Eagles coach Erik Johnson was asked if he was shocked by the ability of the Wolfpack to sustain the runs that built big leads.

"You can't be shocked at how good N.C. State is," he said. "I was shocked that we weren't able to mitigate those things."

State forward Jennifer Mathurin finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds, and said the quick pace that started the game actually helped the Pack get into the game much faster.

"As a team I think it helped us get going," she said. "Like Coach said, we could have had a disadvantage not having played yesterday, so I feel like we got our energy from running and from steals and from that point on I think we had the game under control."

With no drama to speak of in this second round matchup, the focus now shifts to the Pack's quarterfinal with Syracuse. Coach Wes Moore agreed.

"You know, no matter what, we've got to put this one behind us and focus on Syracuse," he said. "Again, they are a little different than a lot of teams in that they play zone almost exclusively and they press pretty much the whole game. It's not what you're used to seeing."

Top Performers

  1. Miah Spencer, NC State : 17 points, 6-7 FG, 4-4 FT, 4 assists. On a tough day for offense in the Greensboro Coliseum, some of the stars today went perfect or nearly perfect from the floor. Spencer is another example.

  2. Jennifer Mathurin, NC State: 15 points, 4-6 3FG, 6 rebounds. One of the reasons State is a much better team than some believed they would be, Mathurin's play ensured that the outcome was never in doubt.

  3. Nichole Boudreau, BC: 16 points, 4-7 3FG. A stellar career wrapped up by breaking the school record for three-pointers. Erik Johnson and the staff will miss her sniping skills next season.

Game Analysis

Why NC State Won: 18-3 in the first 5:50. We're done.

Why Boston College Lost: Johnson noted that sometimes, when shots aren't falling, it can cause the defense to become lax. Perhaps that was part of the problem Thursday.

The Game Turned When...: The ball was tipped. NC State started on an 18-3 run and never looked back. One more run and they would have had to invoke some sort of mercy rule.

X-Factor: Tourney motivation. Not the ACC, the OTHER one. Simply put, the Pack knew it had to have this game and probably another one to ensure a spot in the bracket.

Key Stat: See: 18-3.

Areas for Improvement: Boston College needs players. Simply put, they need to keep pounding the pavement to try and move the Eagles to the middle of the pack in this tough conference. For State, I don't know if trying to run against Q and the Cuse is a great idea, but they better value the basketball.

Ramifications: BC ends another losing season that has to be an ongoing disappointment for fans and the administration alike. The Wolfpack Women continue to state their case for an NCAA Tournament berth without a win over a top 25 team. They came close against Syracuse in Raleigh and will get another crack Friday night

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