Gut-Check Win for N.C. State Women over Virginia Tech with Elissa Cunane 7 pts./10 rebounds for Wolfpack:Liz Kitley 8 pts./8 rebounds, plus Cayla King 6 pts/5 rebounds for Tech

ACC WOMEN’S College Basketball:N.C. State 51, Virginia Tech 45
Elissa Cunane, from Northern Guilford High School, with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the N.C. State Wolfpack…Elizabeth/Liz Kitley(Northwest Guilford High School) with 8 points and 8 rebounds, plus Cayla King(Northwest Guilford High School) had 6 points and 5 rebounds for Virginia Tech…..

#4 NC State Guts Out 51-45 Win Over Visiting Virginia Tech

RALEIGH – No. 4 NC State women’s basketball is 9-0 in conference play for the first time in the Wes Moore era after defeating visiting Virginia Tech (14-5, 6-2 ACC) by a 51-45 score on Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, the Wolfpack improved to 18-2 on the year and extended its winning streak to eight games. NC State has been 9-0 in conference play on two other occasions in the program’s 48-year history: 1977-78 (9-0) and 1979-80 (10-0). The team has now won its last 17 games played against conference opponents.

Jakia Brown-Turner (14 points) was the only double-figure scorer for the Wolfpack, which had eight different players in the scoring column. She loaded her stat line with seven rebounds and three steals, one of which put the game away for the Wolfpack late in the fourth quarter.

With NC State’s lead at just two points (47-45) with 1:13 remaining in the game, Brown-Turner halted an 11-0 run by the Hokies with a steal and fast break layup to put the Wolfpack ahead by four (49-45). She then scored another bucket in the final 10 seconds to wrap up her day that started with her scoring the Pack’s first 10 points of the game.

In a matchup between two of the best centers in collegiate women’s basketball, senior Elissa Cunane tallied seven points and hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds. Five of those were off the offensive glass.

NC State’s rebounding as a team made a difference in Sunday’s victory over the Hokies. The Wolfpack out-rebounded Virginia Tech 49-38 and owned the 14-6 advantage in offensive boards. NC State scored 16 second-chance points from those offensive rebounds.

The Wolfpack shot a season-low 32.4 percent (22-of-68) but countered that with a solid defensive performance. The Hokies shot just 29.3 percent (17-of-58), and the Pack scored 16 points off of their 13 turnovers.

Virginia Tech led by six (18-12) early in the second quarter, but NC State went on a 9-0 run to regain the lead. From the 8:35 mark of the second period until halftime, NC State outscored Virginia Tech 14-2 to lead by six (26-20) at the break.

Between the second and third quarters, NC State forced seven Hokie turnovers and limited them to 12 points combined. The Wolfpack led by as many as 15 points (38-23) in the later stages of the third quarter, and the team kept its composure down the stretch even when Virginia Tech got back within a possession near the end of the game.

NC State is back in action on Sunday, Jan. 30 when it makes the short trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., for its second regular-season matchup with the Tar Heels. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. on the ACC Network.