GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

North Carolina State 83, Pittsburgh 53


By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. - Raina Perez scored 14 points and second-ranked North Carolina State was sharp from outside to beat Pittsburgh 83-53.

Jakia Brown-Turner also scored 14 points for the Wolfpack (16-2, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who made 16 of 26 3-pointers to tie the program record for made 3s in a game. N.C. State led by double digits nearly the entire way and ran off a 20-0 stretch during the third quarter to blow the game open.

It marked the Wolfpack's sixth straight win in the series and also kept N.C. State alive in its battle with No. 6 Louisville for the No. 1 seed in next week's ACC Tournament.

Perez led the outside-shooting blitz by making 4 of 5 from behind the arc, helping N.C. State match its mark of 16 made 3s set in December 2014 against Mount St. Mary's.

Kayla Jones and Kai Crutchfield each hit three 3s, among of the Wolfpack's eight different players to hit at least one. That included freshman reserve Dontavia Waggoner knocking down her second 3 of the season to close the third quarter and give the Wolfpack a 71-34 lead.

Freshman Sandrine Clesca had a season-high 12 points to lead the Panthers (5-12, 3-11), who missed 15 of 18 shots in the opening quarter to find themselves in an immediate hole. Pitt finished the game shooting 40%, a figure boosted by a 7-for-10 shooting performance in the final quarter with the outcome no longer in doubt.

February 25, 2021


Pittsburgh
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Ezeja F 17 0-1 1-2 0-0 3-7 3 1 0 3 3 1
S. Clesca G 33 5-9 0-0 2-3 0-3 1 1 2 3 2 12
J. Everett G 26 2-15 2-2 1-7 0-3 1 2 0 1 1 7
E. Hayford G 25 3-6 0-0 1-3 1-4 2 0 0 4 4 7
A. Brown G 21 2-4 3-4 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 1 2 7
L. King 22 3-4 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 0 1 4 0 8
D. Strother 17 2-5 0-0 2-5 0-1 0 0 0 1 0 6
T. Exanor 16 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 3
R. Igbokwe 14 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 0 0 3 3 2
T. Hueston 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 2 2 0
Totals   200 19-48
(.396)
8-12
(.667)
7-20
(.350)
9-32 7 5 3 23 17 53


North Carolina State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Jones F 23 3-6 1-2 3-3 1-6 7 0 1 2 2 10
E. Cunane C 24 4-6 4-6 1-1 3-8 2 1 0 1 2 13
K. Crutchfield G 29 4-6 0-0 3-4 0-2 1 0 4 2 2 11
R. Perez G 27 5-7 0-0 4-5 1-3 1 0 0 1 0 14
J. Brown-Turner G 24 5-9 2-2 2-4 1-5 3 0 1 2 0 14
J. Boyd 20 2-8 2-2 1-2 2-4 1 0 2 0 0 7
R. Demeke 15 2-4 0-0 1-2 1-1 1 0 1 1 0 5
D. Waggoner 11 2-4 0-0 1-2 1-2 0 0 2 0 0 5
C. Hobby 10 1-6 2-2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 4
J. Rice 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0
E. Sutphin 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0
K. Moore 5 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 28-61
(.459)
11-14
(.786)
16-26
(.615)
12-35 18 1 12 12 10 83



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