NC State drops 3rd consecutive Hoops 4 Hope contest

CorrespondentFebruary 17, 2013 

— The annual Hoops 4 Hope women’s basketball game at N.C. State has offered inspiration to thousands of people, but lately it hasn’t been good for the fortunes of the Wolfpack team.

Sydney Wallace poured in 26 points while Tyaunna Marshall knocked in 22, leading Georgia Tech to a 79-70 win over N.C. State on Sunday at Reynolds Coliseum.

The victory, which avenged a 78-66 loss to the Wolfpack two weeks ago in Atlanta, improved the Yellow Jackets to 11-14 and 4-10 in the ACC.

It was the Wolfpack’s third straight loss in the Hoops 4 Hope game, played in memory of its late coach, Kay Yow, and to raise breast cancer awareness as part of the Play 4Kay national series. N.C. State is 4-4 in its home games in the series.

N.C. State (13-13, 5-9) got a career-high 30 points from junior guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman, who was 9-for-14 from outside the 3-point arc. But Goodwin-Coleman was the Wolfpack’s only player in double figures.

“I’m disappointed obviously in the outcome of the game with a great atmosphere and a great crowd that was into the game,” Wolfpack coach Kellie Harper said. “You hate to walk out of here with a loss. But Georgia Tech did what they needed to do and had some kids really step up. They played their game and we were just out of sync most of the game.

“We were getting stops and had strong defense late in the first half. When you get stops, they can’t press. But when they get steals and score, they get happy.”

Georgia Tech, which played without the services of freshman guard Brittany Jackson who is serving a suspension for a violation of team rules, got 11 points from freshman Aaliyah Whiteside. Freshman Roddreka Rogers had a season-high 16 rebounds.

“Obviously I’m very excited about the play of our team today,” said Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph, whose team hadn’t played since a 60-58 home loss to UNC seven days earlier. “We’ve been in about every game this month and had chances to win. Our young players are growing up, and we’re learning not just how to win a game but how to prepare to win a game.

“This is a special game for a lot of special reasons, and we talked with our team all week long about how important it was that we came in and represented not only ourselves and our team but the ACC and Kay Yow’s legacy. Today we played with a lot of toughness and a lot of heart.”

The Yellow Jackets shot 42.6 percent for the game to the Wolfpack’s 39.4. N.C. State won the rebound battle 45-41, but committed 21 turnovers to the Yellow Jackets’ 16.

Georgia Tech dominated the game’s first nine minutes, taking a 24-6 lead on a Wallace’s 3-pointer from the left side with 11:37 left in the half.

But when Breezy Williams hit a jumper for the Wolfpack at 10:31, just before the shot clock expired, it started a 10-0 run.

N.C. State took the lead at 31-30 on Goodwin-Coleman’s 3-pointer with 1:34 left in the half and held a 34-32 advantage at the break following another of her 3-pointers with 28 seconds showing.

“I had a lot of confidence after the first one,” Goodwin-Coleman said. “I just felt like I had the hot hand. When I had some space I just let it go.”

But Georgia Tech scored the first eight points of the second half, the last of them on a Wallace 3-pointer with 18:39 to go, and led the rest of the way.

“We just came together as a team at halftime,” said Wallace, who had scored 21 in the previous meeting. “We said to stay together, stay focused, don’t give up and just keep playing hard. We knew they were going to make runs, but we came back and kept fighting.”

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