GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

North Carolina State 68, Syracuse 61


By JOHN KEKIS
AP Sports Writer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Elissa Cunane had 17 points and nine rebounds, Jada Boyd added 16 points and No. 2 North Carolina State held off Syracuse 68-61 for its fifth consecutive win.

The Wolfpack (17-2, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won their last four games against the Orange and handed Syracuse (12-7, 9-7) its first loss of the season in the Carrier Dome.

The game had special meeting for both teams because it was part of the Play4Kay campaign. The Orange donned pink uniforms to honor former N.C. State coach Kay Yow, who battled breast cancer for 22 years until her death in 2009. It also marked the first time Orange star guard Tiana Mangakahia wore the pink uniform since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2019 and missed all of last season after a bilateral mastectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy.

It was the final home game of Mangakahia's stellar career. The 25-year-old from Australia entered the game averaging 7.6 assists to lead the nation and finished with five to boost her career total to 726 assists in three seasons. Kiara Lewis led the Orange with 29 points and Mangakahia had 10.

After a tight first half that saw neither team lead by more than five points, the Wolfpack put together a 13-0 run that broke a 36-all tie and put them seemingly in command. Cunane started it with a pair of free throws, Raina Perez followed with a 3-point play off a fast break and Jakia Brown-Turner scored on a fast-break layup for a 43-36 lead late in the third quarter.

The Orange rallied in the fourth, reeling off a 16-2 run to take the lead back. Consecutive 3-point plays by freshman center Kamilla Cardoso and Priscilla Williams keyed the spurt as the Wolfpack went cold against the Orange press. Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi's layup with 6:11 left pulled the Orange to within 53-49 and Lewis followed with a layup and a 3 from the left wing to put the Orange up by a point.

Jada Boyd's short baseline jumper, Cunane's 3-point play and Boyd's layup in the final minute gave N.C. State a 62-58 lead, and Raina Perez hit six straight free throws in the final minute.

February 28, 2021


North Carolina State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Jones F 28 1-8 2-2 0-3 1-3 1 0 1 6 0 4
E. Cunane C 29 5-11 7-7 0-0 2-9 3 0 0 3 3 17
R. Perez G 38 2-4 7-7 0-1 0-3 6 0 1 0 2 11
K. Crutchfield G 37 2-6 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 1 0 4
J. Brown-Turner G 33 3-10 2-2 0-3 1-5 5 0 1 2 3 8
J. Boyd 24 8-13 0-1 0-1 3-10 1 0 3 2 1 16
C. Hobby 11 3-8 1-2 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 8
Totals   200 24-60
(.400)
19-21
(.905)
1-9
(.111)
11-41 16 1 8 14 9 68


Syracuse
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Strautmane F 26 0-3 0-0 0-2 0-3 0 1 0 0 1 0
K. Cardoso C 16 1-5 1-1 0-0 3-10 2 1 1 2 4 3
K. Lewis G 40 12-23 3-3 2-7 2-3 1 0 0 5 3 29
T. Mangakahia G 36 3-11 3-4 1-7 0-0 5 0 3 2 3 10
P. Williams G 24 1-5 2-3 0-3 1-1 0 1 2 1 3 4
E. Engstler 30 3-6 0-0 0-1 2-10 0 4 1 1 1 6
M. Djaldi-Tabdi 19 4-11 0-0 1-4 2-6 0 4 0 4 3 9
A. Finklea-Guity 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0
T. Washington 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 24-65
(.369)
9-11
(.818)
4-24
(.167)
11-37 8 11 7 15 19 61



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