No. 6 Miami Takes Down N.C. State 73-61
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)– Miami is known for good guard play, but Shawnice Wilson proved that the Hurricanes also have a weapon on the interior.
Wilson set career highs with 17 points and 17 rebounds to help No. 6 Miami beat North Carolina State 73-61 on Thursday night.
The 6-6 Wilson, nicknamed “Pepper” as a toddler by her grandmother, also had two blocked shots.
“My coaches definitely remind me that when I’m on the court I have the height advantage and strength as well and even quickness, for the most part,” Wilson said. “I just used it to my advantage, and 17 and 17 was the result.”
Stefanie Yderstrom scored 12 points for Miami, which got its first win at N.C. State in seven tries.
Johnson, who had scored in double figures in 95 of her previous 96 games, had seven points on 2-of-10 shooting.
“Pepper giving us 17 and 17, if we didn’t have that, we would be sitting here with a loss,” Miami coach Katie Meier said. “It was just awesome for Pepper to rise up and come through with that performance at such a timely time for us.”
Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored 14 points to lead N.C. State (15-12, 4-9), which dropped its fourth consecutive conference game. Marissa Kastanek added 12 points and Bonae Holston had 10 for the Wolfpack.
“I thought our team competed,” N.C. State coach Kellie Harper said. “I thought we played hard, I thought we played tough, and I didn’t think we backed down to a very good and talented Miami team. There’s a reason they’re ranked No. 6 in the country.”
Miami shot 54.5 percent in the first half en route to a 44-32 halftime lead and held on for its 12th consecutive victory.
The Wolfpack pulled to 49-43 on Goodwin-Coleman’s third 3-pointer in a three-minute span, but they never got closer.
Wilson sandwiched a left-handed bucket in the lane in between a pair of layups by Williams, and the Hurricanes led 55-43 with 13:54 to play.
Williams had been quiet before blowing open a tight game late in the first half with an impressive array of shots on five consecutive possessions. She scored 11 straight points in a span of 1:54, turning a three-point Miami lead into a 44-30 advantage.
Williams started with a jumper from the top then delivered a tough fall-away shot from the left baseline. She banked in an acrobatic layup for a three-point play in transition before draining two more jumpers off the dribble.
Meier said she didn’t like the shot selection on Williams’ last attempt in the sequence, but she loved the result.
“When she gets in that zone, we just kind of give her space and get the heck out of her way,” Meier said.
Miami raced out to a 20-8 lead in the first six minutes behind a couple of 3-pointers from Yderstrom.
N.C. State answered with a 14-2 run to tie the game at 22 on a 3-pointer by Erica Donovan.
Kastanek, N.C. State’s leading scorer, left the game with a right leg injury with 8:12 remaining and did not return. She fell to the floor away from the ball and remained down while coach Kellie Harper and trainers attended to her.
Trainers carried Kastanek to the locker room as she struggled to put any weight on her right leg. Kastanek returned to the bench with 5:30 to play, her right ankle heavily wrapped.
The conditions were cool and rainy outside, but the teams and fans enjoyed Beach Night inside Reynolds Coliseum. N.C. State’s coaches wore matching Hawaiian shirts, with Harper sporting some back flip flops. Each member of Miami’s coaching staff wore a lei in either green or orange.
On the Run
Miami’s Riquna Williams had only six points through the game’s first 17 minutes. With her team holding on to a 33-30 lead, Williams went on an 11-2 run – highlighted by several off-balance and deep pull-up jumpers. The senior guard ended the night with a game-high 24 points.
Just Add a Dash of Pepper
Junior transfer Pepper Wilson had her best game as a Hurricane. At the half she was just one rebound shy of a double-double, with 10 points and nine rebounds. By the final horn, the 6-6 Pittsburgh native tallied 17 points and 17 rebounds – her first double-double of the season. Wilson also reached a career-high with 30 minutes played.