Nr. 5 NC State women include Lee, beating Kansas State 90-69

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Elissa Cunane had 18 points and six rebounds as No. 5 North Carolina State withdrew …

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Elissa Cunane had 18 points and six rebounds as North Carolina State No. 5 withdrew from Kansas State for a 90-69 victory Friday night.

Diamond Johnson had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Wolfpack (4-1), and Raina Perez and Kayla Jones each scored 12 points.

Kansas State center Ayoka Lee, who entered the game as the nation’s second-leading goal scorer, finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. She had averaged 29.3 points per game. match, but Wolfpack often denied her the ball.

Serena Sundell led the Wildcats (4-1) by 21 points.

After trailing by two points early in the second quarter, NC State built up a 10-point lead at the break and was never trailing in the second half. Wolfpack pushed their lead to a game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, surpassing the Wildcats 26-14. Johnson had seven points during that stretch.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State: The Wildcats found out what happens when an elite defense focuses on Lee, who was held to a season-low 50% shooting. There may be other nights like this where Lee is strangled and Kansas State will need a better response.

NC State: While Cunane is its lone All-American, other players have gone up for NC State. Another player has led Wolfpack in the scoring in each of the team’s five matches, and Wolfpack has had several double-digit goal scorers in each match. During NC State’s 13-6 run to end the second quarter, five different players scored. Opponents are likely to struggle with that kind of depth.

NEXT

Kansas State: The Wildcats host Abilene Christian on Tuesday.

NC State: On Thanksgiving, Wolfpack will face Maryland No. 3 in the Bahamas.

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