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North Carolina State 59, Wake Forest 45

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina State’s star was in foul trouble, and its shots were misfiring. But the Wolfpack played strong enough defense to escape with another win.

Kayla Jones had 15 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 9 N.C. State beat Wake Forest 59-45.

Jakia Brown-Turner added 11 points and Elissa Cunane had 10 for the Wolfpack (17-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who improved to 11-0 at home despite shooting a season-low 32% from the field.

“Momma said there’d be days like this,” N.C. State coach Wes Moore said. “Pretty ugly. Days like this, you’d better play defense, and you’d better rebound. I’m proud of the effort we gave there to hold them to 45 points.”

N.C. State answered a 9-0 run by Wake Forest with an 15-2 spurt, taking a 48-37 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Cunane made two free throws to give N.C. State the lead for good at 37-35 and later added a 3-pointer as part of the run. She played just five minutes in the first half while picking up two fouls.

Ivana Raca had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Wake Forest (11-7, 4-3). The Demon Deacons shot 25% from the floor, including 4 of 16 from 3-point range.

Wake Forest rallied from a 10-point deficit late in the first half to take a 35-33 lead midway through the third quarter.

“Both teams were grinding it out,” Wake Forest coach Jen Hoover said. “Neither team was able to get into a flow in the game.”

Associated Press

January 19, 2020