WINSTON-SALEM--Kody Burke scored 18 points and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman added 14 to lead the N.C. State Wolfpack over Wake Forest 62-54 at Joel Coliseum on Sunday. Goodwin-Coleman did the most of her damage from behind the three-point arc, drilling 4 three-pointers in what was otherwise an abysmal offensive display for both teams. The Wolfpack (15-2, 2-1 ACC) shot 38.5 percent from the field on the afternoon, better than the Deacons' 30 percent.
"Tough game," Wake Forest head coach Jen Hoover said. "Tough stretch we're going through. Adversity reveals character. We're going to find a little about what we're made of."
Wake Forest (9-7, 0-3 ACC) once again struggled from the free throw line, going 15-33 in a losing effort. The Deacs held the edge in rebounding at halftime, but ended up getting out-rebounded 46-44. The Deacs only turned the ball over 6 times in the second half, as they struggled to stay in the game. However, each time Wake Forest would get close, it seemed Goodwin-Coleman would hit a three to stretch the lead back out.
Junior Dearica Hamby recorded her 12th double-double of the season, with 13 points and 12 rebounds, after being held scoreless in the first half with only 3 rebounds. Senior Chelsea Douglas' recent scoring slump continued, scoring 10 points on 2-15 shooting from the field. Hoover downplayed Douglas' recent stretch, but stressed the need for others to step up.
"I think as we've gotten into conference people have been keying in on her and Dearica," Hoover said. "Not that people didn't before, but now you've got bigger, longer, stronger athletes. She'll play out of it. While she's struggling a little bit, other people have to continue to lift up. I thought today Jill Brunori did a good job with that, I thought Kandice Ball played one of her best games yet. We have yet to get everyone firing on all cylinders."
The Deacs hit the road this week, traveling to Georgia Tech on Thursday night and then to Clemson next Monday for a televised clash with the Tigers.