**********Elissa Cunane(Northern Guilford HS) posts her ACC-leading 14th Double-Double of the season:Cunane with 15 pts./13 rebounds in the Wolfpack’s victory**********
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The eighth-ranked NC State women’s basketball team (25-4, 14-4 ACC) nailed its first 13 three-point attempts on the way to wrapping up its regular-season slate with a 75-64 win over Virginia (14-15, 8-10 ACC) inside John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, the Pack set a single-season record for ACC wins with 14 on the year. NC State entered the matchup having already clinched the two seed for the upcoming ACC Tournament.
The Wolfpack shot 13-of-13 from long range to start the game before missing its first three pointer early in the third quarter. Coming into the 2019-20 season, the NCAA Division I record for most consecutive threes by a team was 11, set by TCU (March 3, 1996) and Bowling Green (Feb. 6, 2016).
NC State knocked down a total of 14 threes in the game, tying the team’s single-season record which it previously tallied at Clemson on Jan. 30. The Pack’s .636 (14-of-22) three-point shooting percentage was also its highest of the season, bettering a .500 clip that it most recently reached against Texas on Nov. 29.
Seven Wolfpack players tallied points on the afternoon, led by four from NC State who scored 10 or more. Kayla Jones posted a game-leading 16 points with a 6-of-9 shooting performance. She was joined in double figures by Elissa Cunane. from Northern Guilford High School,(15 points), Aislinn Konig (14 points, 4-of-6 from three-point range) and Jakia Brown-Turner (12 points).
Cunane added 13 rebounds in the game, which put the sophomore over 500 rebounds not even halfway through her NC State career. The double-double performance was her 14th of the 2019-20 season, which still leads the ACC.
After a back-and-forth first quarter, NC State kicked things into high gear with a hot second quarter during which it shot 10-of-14 (.714) from the field and hit its most threes in a single quarter this season with seven. The Pack outscored the Cavaliers 27-11 in the second period to take a 14-point lead (46-32) into the break.
NC State led by as many as 20 points (54-34) in the early stages of the third quarter. The team responded well to a 9-0 run by the Cavaliers, holding them to zero field goals in the final 5:19 of the third quarter. Virginia would get as close as eight (68-50) in the fourth quarter, but the Wolfpack remained consistent from the charity stripe down the stretch to end the game with the double-digit advantage.
The Wolfpack will spend the next few days preparing for the ACC Tournament. As the two seed, NC State secured a double bye and will play its first game at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 6 inside the Greensboro Coliseum.