The Wolfpack women, lead by lone senior Marissa Kastanek, easily beat a depleted Virginia squad 80-59 tonight in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State ups its record to 14-15 overall while bettering their conference record to 6-11. Virginia fell to 15-13 overall, and 7-10 in the conference.
Kastanek hit two early three pointers to ease any senior night nerves in route to a 14 point night. She was one of four players who scored at least 14 points for the Wolfpack. Markeisha Gatling lead the way with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Kody Burke had a double double with 16 and 11, respectively.
The Wolfpack jumped out to an early double digit lead and lead by 10, 43-33 at the half. Even though Virginia cut the lead to 4 at 47-43 in the second half, it turned out to be the closest they would come as the Wolfpack went on a 10-0 run to take back control. From there, the Pack cruised.
Kastanek went over 1600 points for her career tonight. The energy and emotion she plays with night in and night out is infectious.
Coach Kellie Harper was very excited about the way the team played. It was the best offensive performance of the conference season.
The team finishes up the regular season at Clemson on Sunday. The Pack, currently 7th in the ACC standings, is starting to peak at the right time before the ACC Tournament starts in Greensboro.