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WBB: NC State Bounces Back with Gut Check win over ASU

Posted November 24, 2012

— 24 hours removed from its first loss of the season, the NC State women’s basketball team bounced back with a gut-checking 72-68 victory over Arizona State on Saturday in the second day of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

Len’Nique Brown’s baseline jumper with 14 seconds left sealed the win for the Wolfpack, who improved to 5-1 on the year. Brown finished with 12 points and a game-high four steals off the bench.

A balanced attack featured five players in double figures for the Pack. Markeisha Gatling had a season-best 16 points, while sophomore Krystal Barrett scored all 12 of her points after halftime.

Senior Marissa Kastanek added 11 points, and Kody Burke had 10 points and 10 rebounds for her second-straight double-double, and 10th of her career.

State, which trailed for the first time at the intermission this season, 33-32, took its first lead of the afternoon, 41-40, at the 15:30 mark of the second stanza off a free throw by Brown.

A 14-3 run, capped by a second-chance three-pointer from Kastanek, gave the Pack its largest working margin of the game, 51-43, with just over 10 minutes left in regulation.

ASU (1-3) responded immediately with a 12-1 run of its own to regain momentum, and take a 55-52 lead with 6:40 to go.

Brown slowed down the Sun Devils attack with a three-pointer to knot the game for the fifth and final time, 55-all.

Gatling then went to work, scoring three buckets in the span of 62 seconds to put the Wolfpack up 69-62.

ASU was able to get back to within two points, 70-68, with a three-pointer in the corner by Arnecia Hawkins with 38.4 seconds remaining.

After a called timeout by the Sun Devil bench, Brown dribbled the shot clock down and found a crease on the baseline to convert a short jumper to seal the Wolfpack win.

Joy Burke led ASU with 12 points.

A sloppy opening 20 minutes saw NC State turn the ball over 16 times in the first half. That allowed Arizona State to gain a 27-15 lead with 5:20 before halftime.

Still up comfortably, 30-19, the Wolfpack caught fire in the final four minutes by going on a 13-3 run to trail by a single point at the half.

Brown got the deficit down to seven with a three-pointer, and Kastanek ran the length of the court and slipped in a layup just before the buzzer to make it 33-32 at the break.

NC State will take on Northern Iowa on Sunday in the final game at South Point Arena with a scheduled tip time of 5:30 p.m. ET.

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Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
TOR 2
NYY 0
Final
CWS 6
DET 3
Final
STL 1
CHC 5
Final
PIT 3
CIN 2
Final
BAL 3
MIN 2
Final
TAM 7
BOS 0
Final
KAN 2
CLE 3
Final
CWS 4
DET 8
Final
ATL 0
MIA 4
Final
NYM 2
PHI 7
Final
HOU 2
TEX 0
Final
ARI 0
COL 2
Final
STL 13
CHC 2
Final
SDP 2
LOS 1
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
ANA 2
OAK 0
Final
SEA 1
WAS 3
1:07pm Today
TOR
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
PHI
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
MIN
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
BOS
 
2:10pm Today
CWS
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
TEX
 
2:15pm Today
STL
CHC
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
OAK
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
COL
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
LOS
 
4:10pm Today
SEA
WAS
 
5:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
CLE
 
Final
MICH 52
APPST 14
Final
NAVY 17
OSU 34
Final
UAB 48
TROY 10
Final
UVA 20
UCLA 28
Final
PURD 43
WMICH 34
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
UMASS 7
BC 30
Final
NW 24
CAL 31
Final
NEB 55
FATL 7
Final
UMO 27
MARS 42
Final
ND 48
RICE 17
Final
MIZZ 38
SDST 18
Final
ALA 33
WVU 23
Final
AUB 45
ARK 21
Final
STAN 45
UCD 0
Final
UGA 45
CLEM 21
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
Final
KSU 14
OHIO 17
Final
OKLA 48
LATU 16
Final
KST 55
SAUST 16
Final
USC 52
FRES 13
Final
MSST 49
SMISS 0
Final
OKST 31
FSU 37
Final
TEX 38
UNT 7
Final
NMU 24
UTEP 31
8:05pm Saturday
UF 0
IDAHO 0
Final
LSU 28
WISC 24
Final
OREG 62
SD 13
Final
HAW 16
WASH 17
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
UTST
7:30pm Tonight
BAY
SMU
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR