No. 5 NC State routs Washington State
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Diamond Johnson scored 24 points and No. 5 North Carolina State beat Washington State 62-34 on Saturday night at the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship.
The Wolfpack (6-1) played stellar defense, holding the Cougars to 26% shooting from the field.
N.C. State built a 14-point halftime lead as Johnson, who made 10 of her 16 shots, had 13 of her points before the break. Washington State (4-1) hung around for most of the third and only trailed 39-28 before the Wolfpack closed the period by scoring the final 10 points.
Elissa Cunane had half the points during the closing burst and finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.
It didn't get better in the fourth quarter for Washington State as N.C. State scored the first 11 points and Washington State didn't score until 3:25 was left in the game.
Tara Wallack scored seven points to lead Washington State.
The Wolfpack routed No. 2 Maryland on Thursday in the tournament opener and are poised to move up in the AP Top 25 on Monday.
The game was played at the Baha Mar resort in the Bahamas in a converted ballroom complete with a low ceiling and a raised stage right off midcourt. There were high school-style bleachers behind the two benches for fans.
OUTSIDE SHOOTING WOES
Washington State moved the ball well on offense but couldn't finish. The Cougars were 4-for-23 from behind the arc.
Washington State: After a relatively easy schedule to start the season, the Cougars faced a stiff test in No. 5 N.C. State. It will help the team prepare for the difficult Pac-12 Conference schedule ahead.
N.C. State: Another dominant performance by the Wolfpack, whose only loss came against No. 1 South Carolina to open the season.
Washington State: Hosts San Francisco on Thursday.
N.C. State: Visits No. 4 Indiana on Thursday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
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