Elissa Cunane, No. 4 NC State women beat No. 16 Duque

Cunane scored 23 points and a dozen players scored to help the fourth-ranked N.C. State beat No. 16 Duque 84-60 el domingo, keeping the Wolfpack unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

I’m used to this time a year really trimming down the rotation a lot,” coach Wes Moore said. “I’m trying not to do that as much, especially in light of what happened last year. … I’ve tried to make sure if I can that we’ve got other people ready to step in and have at least been through it some and have the confidence hopefully to step in and do that.

Moore is referring to losing veteran forward Kayla Jones to a knee injury in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, with the No. 1-seeded Wolfpack being upset in the Sweet 16. He’s hoping the Wolfpack (16-2, 7-0 ACC) can survive a bad break with its perimeter depth around a preseason ACC player of the year in the 6-foot-5 Cunane.

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA OBTENER MÁS COBERTURA DEPORTIVA .

North Carolina State's Elissa Cunane (33) celebrates an early basket against Duke during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, domingo, ene. 16, 2022, in Raleigh, CAROLINA DEL NORTE.

North Carolina State’s Elissa Cunane (33) celebrates an early basket against Duke during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, domingo, ene. 16, 2022, in Raleigh, CAROLINA DEL NORTE. (AP Photo/Karl B. DeBlaker)

Performances like this, which began with a dominating first quarter, indicate his team has a chance.

It’s basically just coming in and doing the little things, taking care of the ball and playing hard when your number is called,” said Jada Boyd, who had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

CAROLINA DEL NORTE. State won its 15th straight game against league opponents dating to last season, which includes a three-game run to a second straight ACC Tournament title. The Wolfpack steadily pulled away early, leading by double figures in the first period and pushing that margin to 23 points before halftime.

The Blue Devils (11-4, 2-3) had more turnovers (11) than made baskets (ocho) en el primero 20 minutes to fall behind 42-22.

I honestly just thought early it was the turnovers that really put us on our heels,” conduciendo a un. “It felt like they were playing transition offense the whole first half.

The Blue Devils warmed up after halftime to finish the game shooting 36%, though they also committed 17 turnovers that led to 20 points for the Wolfpack. CAROLINA DEL NORTE. State never let that second-half margin slip to fewer than 14 points again.

el esfuerzo de rebote de todo el equipo que Lawson había esperado no se materializó hasta después de que Carolina del Sur subió a lo grande

Duque: The Blue Devils limped into nearby Raleigh after a second double-digit loss to Virginia Tech in two weeks. They didn’t have two starters in that one, with Texas transfer Celeste Taylor out with her left arm in sling, while Texas Tech transfer Lexi Gordon missed the game due to health protocols. Taylor was out again Sunday as the team’s No. 2 scorer at 11.7 puntos, while Gordon (9.8 puntos) returned with seven points on 2-for-10 shooting.

CAROLINA DEL NORTE. State: The Wolfpack’s run has now included 12 straight regular-season league wins, con 10 of those coming by margins of at least 19 puntos. CAROLINA DEL NORTE. State added Duke to its its list of wins against AP Top 25 opponents this year, joining No. 6 Indiana, No. 8 Maryland and No. 21 Carolina del Norte. And Moore’s club has its second 7-0 start in four seasons, the other coming during an 8-0 start in 2018-19.

BOUNCING BACK

Freshman Shayeann Day-Wilson scored 14 points to lead the Blue Devils as she broke out of some recent struggles. She had averaged 8.3 points and made 6 de 27 shots since missing the Virginia Tech loss on Dec. 30 due to COVID-19 protocols, but made 6 de 14 against N.C. State.

I was on fire before I went into COVID protocol, and I’m just trying to get back my rhythm slowly,” Day-Wilson said. “So seeing a lot of shots go in, getting my teammates involved, that will help me.

TIP-INS

Raina Perez scored 10 points for the Wolfpack, one of seven players to score at least seven. … CAROLINA DEL NORTE. State shot 47% and finished with a 45-38 rebounding advantage. … This matched the biggest margin of defeat for Lawson at Duke. Her first team lost by 24 to Louisville last season before opting out of the season amid the pandemic after four games. … The Wolfpack’s four turnovers were the fewest in program history for a Duke opponent.

HASTA LA PRÓXIMA

Duque: At Miami on Tuesday night.

CAROLINA DEL NORTE. State: Hosts No. 3 Louisville on Thursday night in a matchup of the ACC’s top teams.

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