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

Posted November 24, 2012

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— 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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