Women's Basketball Falls To No. 23 NC State, 85-76
Jan. 23, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. - The Boston College women's basketball team lost to No. 23 NC State, 85-76, in front of 2,293 fans at Reynolds Coliseum on Thursday night in an ACC matchup. BC is now 11-9 and 2-4 in the ACC, while the Wolfpack improve to 17-3 and 4-2 in the conference.
Boston College was led by freshman Kelly Hughes with a career-high 23 points, which included shooting 6-10 from the three-point line. Senior Katie Zenevitch notched 19 points, shooting 7-for-8 from the floor on the night. Kristen Doherty finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. BC was without starter Kat Cooper, who suffered an injury against North Carolina on Sunday afternoon.
NC State was led by the inside game of Markeisha Gatling and Kody Burke. The two combined for 51 points and 19 rebounds. Gatling had 27 points and eight boards while Burke shot 10-for-16 from the floor for 24 points and had 11 rebounds. Len'Nique Brown went 9-for-10 from the foul line to finish with 15 points.
State opened up the game hitting its first four shots. The Eagles battled throughout the half trying to make up for the hot shooting start by the Wolfpack. BC used the long ball to get back into the game. The Eagles hit five straight, two from Hughes, to cut the NC State lead to two points, 36-34, with 3:24 to play. Hughes hit her third three of the half, eighth for the team right before the end of the half and BC was down, 41-39.
The Eagles shot 41 percent from the floor and 53.3 percent from the three-point line. NC State shot 51 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the three-point line. NC State won the battle in the paint, scoring 16 points to the Eagles four points. BC did hold a 19-13 edge on the boards.
Foul trouble hindered the Eagles early in the second half. Zenevitch and Doherty each picked up their third foul of the game. With Zenevitch on the bench, State ran off six straight points, 54-46, with 13:23 to play in the game.
Hughes hit her fifth three at 12:36 to cut into the Wolfpack lead, 56-49, but Gatling hit two inside. The Pack continued to pound the ball inside to Gatling and Burke. With 8:36 to play Burke hit a jumper from the top of the key BC was down, 64-52. Gatling followed with a layup inside and State was up 70-56 with 4:57 to play. BC cut it to nine points with 2:37 left in the game on two freebies by Nicole Boudreau but it was not enough to combat the inside game of the Wolfpack.
Boston College closed it to seven points on a long three by Hughes with 1:15 to play but free throw shooting in the final two minute Brown hit six straight foul shots to seal the game.
The Eagles shot 41 percent from the floor and 46.4 percent from the three-point line. NC State won the battle of boards, 35-33, and had 30 points in the paint compared to 14 for BC.