Kody Burke led the Wolfpack with 15 points
RALEIGH, NC Jan. 3, 2013 – The NC State women’s basketball team put forth one of its best defensive efforts of the season, but the third-ranked Duke Blue Devils prevailed with a 67-57 ACC victory Thursday evening in Reynolds Coliseum.
“I’m really proud of our kids, their intensity and their fight,” said NC State head coach Kellie Harper. “I think we have a chance to beat any team in our league playing like this. Duke is a really good basketball team, but we’ll try again next time.”
“I feel like our guards really just look for me,” said Burke. I feel like a lot of my points come from our guards being unselfish.”
In a first half that featured an abundance of loose balls, turnovers and a high tempo of play on both ends of the floor, the Wolfpack forced the Blue Devils into nine turnovers, while blocking three shots and holding Duke to just 31 first-half points.
NC State shot 9-of-29 (.310) from the field, 1-of-8 (.125) from three-point range and 9-of-12 (.750) from the free throw line, while Duke was 15-of-36 (.417) from the floor, 0-of-6 from beyond the arc and just 1-of-3 from the foul line in the half.