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N.C. State holds on to defeat Villanova

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Posted: Sunday March 18, 2001 9:22 PM
Updated: Sunday March 18, 2001 10:09 PM

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State found Carisse Moody, Tynesha Lewis found her shot and the Wolfpack is back in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Moody and Lewis struggled in the first round against Delaware, but combined for 43 points as North Carolina State beat Villanova 68-64 in the second round of the East regional Sunday.

Fourth-seeded N.C. State (22-10), which reached the third round for the 10th time, advanced to face the winner of a later game between Connecticut and Colorado State.

Moody, who took just seven shots and had nine points against Delaware on Friday, was 7-for-14 for 22 points and had nine rebounds. She had six points and two assists during a 16-4 run that put the Wolfpack up 50-39 with 9:26 left.

Lewis, who was 3-for-12 against Delaware, hit 7 of 10 from the field and free throw line. She scored 17 points in the second half and finished with five rebounds and five assists.

"I knew it (the second half) would be my last 20 minutes at N.C. State and I thought to myself that no other team deserved a spot in the Sweet 16 more than this team," Lewis said. "I just took it upon myself to go out there and be a leader."

Villanova (22-9), the fifth seed, struggled from the floor and got a subpar night from its leading scorer for the second straight game.

The Wildcats made just nine of 25 shots in the first half, including nine straight misses at one point. Villanova shot 37 percent overall after making 38 percent against Drake in the first round.

Brandi Barnes, who averaged 13.9 points headed into the tournament, took just four shots in the first half and was limited to 20 minutes because of foul trouble. She finished with 10 points after scoring five on 2-for-6 shooting against Drake.

"When Brandi Barnes doesn't score, we have to really rely on executing," said Villanova coach Harry Perretta, whose team dropped its fifth straight to N.C. State. "When she's not scoring, we have to run our special plays, and it's more difficult to run plays every time down the floor."

Courtney Mix led Villanova with 15 points. Trish Juhline added 13.

Villanova scored seven straight points to pull within 64-60 with 1:20 left, but the Wolfpack made four of six free throws in the final 33 seconds.

N.C. State improved to 10-2 in tournament games at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack made 11 of 18 shots in the second half, and shot over 50 percent (51) for the second straight game after doing so just five times during the regular season.

"I thought the second half we did a much better job offensively," Wolfpack coach Kay Yow said. "We attacked the basket, both by dribble penetration and by getting it inside to the post."

 
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