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North Carolina State 62, Elon 49

RALEIGH, N.C. - Elissa Cunane scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as No. 9 North Carolina State overcame a sluggish opening three quarters to defeat Elon 62-49 and stay undefeated.

The Wolfpack improved to 10-0 after struggling for most of the game and leading by only three points with six minutes remaining. Kayla Jones added 12 points and Aislinn Konig scored 10 for N.C. State.

Brie Perpignan led Elon with 10 points as the Phoenix (3-5) gave N.C. State all it could handle in the Wolfpack's first game in 10 days.

N.C. State did a lot of things wrong for the first three quarters, and Elon capitalized on the Wolfpack's errors. Shooting 15 of 30 from the free-throw line and 21 of 58 from the field (19.2%) kept N.C. State from opening a significant lead against a gritty, determined opponent.

But with the Wolfpack ahead by just five points, Konig made a 3-pointer as Elon coach Charlotte Smith was called for a technical foul with 4:17 remaining in the game. Konig made the second of the two technical free throws to extend the lead to 52-43.

Cunane's scoring and rebounding proved to be too much for the undersized Phoenix to match. She went 9 of 15 from the field on a day when most of her teammates struggled.

Associated Press

December 15, 2019