North Carolina State’s Kody Burke grabbed Krystal Barrett’s free throw miss and put it back it in with a left-handed shot to secure the Wolfpack 70-66 victory over a feisty St. Bonaventure team at the Reilly Center on Dec. 30.
St. Bonaventure (7-7) , which trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half, furiously fought their way back into the game and got within 68-66 when Ashley Zahn knocked down her fourth three-pointer with 20 seconds left. The Bonnies needing to stop the clock then fouled Krystal Barrett with 16 seconds remaining. Barrett, a 78.3 percent foul shooter coming into the game, missed the front-end of a one-and-one but Burke pinched in and grabbed the offensive rebound.
N.C. State (8-5) shot 53.6 percent (30-56) from the field for the game, marking their fifth time they have shot at least 50 percent from the floor this season. Burke led the way for the Wolfpack with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting. She also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.
Barrett and Marissa Kastanek each added 12 points for N.C. State.
St. Bonaventure got back into the game during the second half thanks to excellent shooting, particularly from beyond the arc, and a pesky defense. The Bonnies shot 53.8 percent (14-26) from the field and 70 percent (7-10) from beyond the arc in the second 20 minutes.
Trailing 65-48 at the 6:28 mark in the second half, St. Bonaventure went on a 12-3 run to cut N.C. State’s lead to eight (68-60) with 1:43 remaining. The Bonnies, who went to a full-court man-to-man pressure defense around the 3:40 mark, kept up their defensive pressure.
Following a missed N.C. State free-throw and a turnover by Dixon, St.Bonaventure freshman Katie Healy came up with a steal. The Bonnies took advantage of the Wolfpack miscue as freshman Nyla Rueter, off of a feed from CeCe Dixon, knocked down a corner three-pointer to get the Bonnies within 68-63.
On the very next Wolfpack possession, Healy came up big on the defensive end again as she poked the ball away from Barrett and then jumped on the ball. Following a 30 second timeout by St. Bonaventure, Zahn sank the three- pointer to trim the deficit to 68-66.
Dixon, who was terrific offensively, led the way for the Bonnies with 23 points on 6-of-13 shooting including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Zahn finished with 14 points and Doris Ortega contributed 12 points.
– The loss was St. Bonaventure’s first at the Reilly Center this year (4-1) and snapped their two-game winning streak.
– The meeting was the first ever between N.C. State and St. Bonaventure.
– Kastanek knocked down two three-pointers in the game to move into a tie for third place on the Wolfpack’s all-time three-point list with 194.
-St. Bonaventure guard Alaina Walker, who played just nine minutes, didn’t return after suffering an injury in the first half.
– N.C. State was just 3-of-10 from beyond the arc. The Wolfpack came into the game with 62 made three-pointers (second in the ACC) and shooting 36.5 percent clip from long-distance (third in the ACC).
-N.C. State outrebounded St. Bonaventure 39-26 and held a 50-24 advantage in points in the paint.
– St. Bonaventure was 10-of-22 from beyond the arc. The 10 triples are the second most three-pointers by the Bonnies this season.
– St. Bonaventure score 28 points off of 24 N.C. State turnovers while the Wolfpack converted 22 Bonnie turnovers into 17 points.