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WBB: NC State falls 81-73 at LSU

Posted December 2, 2012

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— The NC State women's basketball team lost 81-73 at LSU Sunday afternoon at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Senior guard Marissa Kastanek led NC State (5-4) with 15 points, and backcourt mate Myisha Goodwin-Coleman added 13 points. The two combined to shoot 60of-13 from three-point land. Reserve forward Kiana Evans had 10 points.

"LSU got 15 more shots than we did and that was the difference in the game," said NC State head coach Kellie Harper. "You can't shoot 52 percent and lose a basketball game."

Despite shooting 52.0 percent from the field, 25 turnovers were too much to overcome as LSU scored 30 points off those miscues.

Trailing by nine at the half, State saw the Tigers score the first nine points to lead by 18 points, 56-38. Adrienne Webb (15 points) led the run with seven points.

LSU still led 77-60 with 4:40 left, before NC State went on a 13-4 run to close the game out on a strong note.

NC State came out by making its first three attempts of the game from beyond the arc - two from Kastanek and one from Goodwin-Coleman - to take an 11-5 lead just 3:11 into the game.

Turnovers mounted in the early portion of the first half, allowing LSU to piece together an 11-2 run to grab a 16-13 lead. Therese Plaisance (28 points) had eight points in a row for the Tigers during the run.

Kastanek's layup kept NC State within two, 21-19, but Plaisance continued her dominate play with nine-straight points, including her first three-pointer of the season, to put the home-standing Tigers up 30-21 with just under eight minutes until halftime.

LSU would pull ahead by as many as 10 points, 38-28, but State mustered up the next eight points to get within just a bucket. Breezy Williams scored the first five points, and Goodwin-Coleman canned a three-pointer in the corner at the 2:18 mark to make it 38-36.

Goodwin-Coleman's runner in the lane kept State within two, 40-38, but LSU scored the final seven points of the half, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Ballard, to take a 47-38 lead at intermission.

Plaisance set her career mark for scoring by halftime with 21 points. Kastanek had 10 points to lead the Pack in the opening half of play.

NC State will host Elon next Sunday at 2 p.m.

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