Wolfpack squanders lead, falls in fourth quarter
The N.C. State women’s basketball team (5-2) led for nearly 31 minutes and held a 50-39 advantage entering the fourth quarter but was undone by a late scoring drought and a game-winning 3-pointer in the waning seconds of a 59-58 loss to LSU to end the 2016 Basketball Travelers’ Paradise Jam Saturday inside the UVI Sport & Fitness Center.
The Wolfpack shot .455 or higher from the field in each of the first three quarters but went cold in the fourth, connecting on just 2 of 11 attempts (.182) and did not make a field goal over the course of the game’s final 6:31. Trailing by two (58-56), LSU rebounded a missed Wolfpack free throw with nine seconds on the clock, and Raigyne Moncrief ran the length of the court to sink a long 3-pointer at the top of the key to earn the win with three seconds remaining.
N.C. State returns to action in Raleigh on Thursday. The Wolfpack will open up a four game homestand that evening against Indiana in the 2016 ACC/B1G Challenge. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from Reynolds Coliseum.
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Duke: The Blue Devils women’s basketball team used a balanced scoring effort to kick off a two-game road trip to California with an 83-46 victory over Long Beach State Friday evening at the Walter Pyramid. Four different Blue Devils finished the contest with double figures, including junior guard Lexie Brown, who turned in a game-high 17 points.
Wake Forest/Elon: The Demon Deacons and Phoenix women’s basketball teams went back and forth Saturday inside Alumni Gym, but the Demon Deacons were able to take control in the fourth quarter on the way to a 78-68 victory.
N.C. Central: The women’s basketball team returns to action with a Thanksgiving weekend game at Old Dominion University on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Eagles will be looking to rebound from a tough 61-30 loss at Campbell on Tuesday. NCCU is 1-3 overall and 0-2 on the road.
Shaw: The Bears suffered their first loss on the season by the hands of Barry University by a margin of 95-70 Friday in the first game of the Cesar Odio Thanksgiving Classic. With the loss, Shaw stands 3-1, and Barry remains unbeaten at 4-0. Shaw never led the entire contest as the Bears’ largest deficit was 43 points.
Campbell: Chris Clemons scored 24 points, and the Camels used big runs in both halves to defeat VMI 67-53 Saturday at Cameron Hall. Shane Whitfield added 13 points while Andrew Eudy chipped in a career-high nine for the Camels (2-3), who hit 9 of 16 3s (.563) on the day and broke open a close game with a 21-5 burst in the second period.
Duke/NC State: Middle blockers Leah Meyer and Jordan Tucker combined for 33 kills, but Duke was unable to slow N.C. State, suffering a 3-1 (23-25, 16-25, 25-20, 21-25) setback at Reynolds Coliseum in the 2016 regular-season finale.
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