RALEIGH — Forward Kody Burke had 20 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots to lead N.C. State to an 81-54 victory against Charleston Southern on Tuesday at Reynolds Coliseum.
Burke shot 9-of-14 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
N.C. State (4-0) opened with a 9-0 run and led by 15 in the first 13 minutes. Charleston Southern (2-1) battled back, forcing 14 turnovers, and cut its deficit to 38-32 by halftime. A 30-8 run over the first 11 minutes of the second half put the game away for the Wolfpack.
Marissa Kastanek scored 17 and Markeisha Gatling had 12 for N.C. State. Lakeitha Alston led the Buccaneers with 19.
Winthrop 61, Mississippi State 59: Dequesha McClanahan made a last-second bank shot to lift Winthrop to the upset of Mississippi State (2-2) in the opening round of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The Eagles (2-1) advance in the winner’s bracket to play Oregon State, a 49-46 winner against UC Santa Barbara.
Western Carolina 67, N.C. Central 55: Ali Lane and Rena Wakama scored 12 each, and Makensey Campbell added 10 for the Catamounts (2-2) in the home win. Chasidy Williams led N.C. Central (0-4) with 20 points.
No. 5 Notre Dame 93, Mercer 36: Natalie Achonwa scored 22 in the home rout for Notre Dame (3-0). Jewell Loyd added 19. Tabitha Bradshaw had 10 for Mercer (3-1).
No. 7 Louisville 94, Central Florida 73: Sara Hammond scored 15 on a balanced offense as Louisville (4-0) routed Central Florida (1-4) in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
No. 8 Georgia 94, Savannah State 57: Andy Landers became the seventh Division I women’s coach to reach 800 career victories when Georgia beat visiting Savannah State. Landers is 800-268 in 34 seasons at Georgia.
Jasmine James scored 18 and Tiara Griffin added 15 for the Bulldogs (5-0). Andrietta Thomas led Savannah State (1-2) with 22.
No. 15 Texas 80, Jackson State 53: Nneka Enemkpali had 24 points and 20 rebounds for Texas (3-0) at home against Jackson State (0-3). Chassidy Fussell added 16 points and Cokie Reed had 14.
No. 16 Ohio State 70, St. Francis (Pa.) 54: Tayler Hill scored 23 and Ohio State (3-1) pulled away in the second half for a home victory against St. Francis (3-1).
No. 21 Oklahoma State 96, Texas-Pan American 42: Liz Donohoe scored 19, leading seven in double figures, and the Cowgirls (4-0) rolled at home against Texas-Pan American (2-3).