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WBB: NC State Smothers North Greenville, 111-39, in exhibition

Posted November 4, 2012

— In its lone exhibition game of the 2012-13 season, the NC State women’s basketball team held North Greenville’s starting lineup to just nine points, en route to a 111-39 victory Sunday evening at Reynolds Coliseum.

“I thought our kids did a really nice job with their poise and their confidence,” said head coach Kellie Harper. “I feel pretty good with where we are right about now.”

Junior forward Kody Burke led the Wolfpack with 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, while junior Markeisha Gatling recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in her first appearance for NC State. In addition to shooting a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line, Burke also pulled down eight rebounds and had blocked five shots in just 20 minutes of action.

All 11 players that entered the game scored a basket on the night, as the team combined to shoot a scorching 42-of-68 (.618) from the field, 8-of-14 (.571) from three-point range and 19-of-24 (.792) from the free-throw line. The Pack outscored the Crusaders 64-10 in the paint, 28-0 on fast break buckets, while holding a 40-30 advantage in points off the bench.

NC State’s defense was equally as impressive, scoring 29 points on 21 North Greenville turnovers. The Wolfpack out-rebounded the Crusaders 54-20, recorded 12 steals and blocked eight shots in the contest.

The Wolfpack raced out on an 11-0 run to open the game against North Greenville, and never looked back. NC State went on to take a 55-20 lead into the half, holding North Greenville’s starting lineup without a single point.

The Pack built its lead with tough defense and transition baskets, as Myisha Goodwin-Coleman and Burke were a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor, while Goodwin-Coleman was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in just 10 minutes of court time. Burke led the team in first-half scoring with 12 points, and blocked three shots.

As a team, the Wolfpack shot nearly 68 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, including an impressive 13-of-14 (.929) from the free-throw line.

The Pack began the second half in similar fashion to the first, racing out to a 12-0 run to open the period. NC State went on to outscore North Greenville 56-19 in the half to put the game firmly out of reach.

NC State will host its regular season opener next Friday, Nov. 9, against Wofford. Opening tip is scheduled for 12 p.m., in the first game of the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational. The Pack will then take on either Auburn or Maine the following day, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be played in Reynolds Coliseum.

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