Wolfpack Pulls Away from TCU in Second Half

Junior Helena Sverrisdottir led TCU with 19 points, 13 of which she scored in the game's opening seven minutes.

Junior Helena Sverrisdottir led TCU with 19 points, 13 of which she scored in the game's opening seven minutes.

Dec. 6, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C.--TCU got off to a fast start on the road Sunday, but NC State took control of the game in the second half while dropping the Frogs by a 76-62 count at Reynolds Coliseum.

The Frogs fell to 5-3 on the season with the setback, while NC State improved to 6-3.

Junior guard/forward Helena Sverrisdottir scored a season-high 19 points to lead the Frogs on 6-of-14 shooting. She also went 7-for-8 at the free throw line while adding a team-high three steals. Senior guard TK LaFleur chipped in 17 points while going 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Freshman forward Starr Crawford also scored in double figures with 11 points, and she pulled down seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Anoinette Thompson's team-high six assists marked a career best.

Freshman guard Marissa Kastanek led four NC State players in double figures with 22 points. Forward Lucy Ellison scored 15, guard Nikitta Gatrell had 12 and forward Brittany Strachan 10.

Ellison and Gartrell each had nine rebounds, as TCU had trouble keeping the Wolfpack off the boards all afternoon. The squad reeled in 17 offensive rebounds on its way to a 41-28 advantage on the glass. The edge helped the Wolfpack outscore TCU, 21-4, in second-chance points.

TCU controlled the action early, making 11 of its first 13 shots to move out to an early 10-point advantage midway through the first half. Sverrisdottir opened the game as the Frogs' go-to weapon, as she scored 13 points herself in the first seven minutes. The hot start helped TCU shoot 54.2 percent from the field in the opening period.

The Wolfpack rallied back to tie the game with a 13-3 run that pushed the score to 32-32 at the 3:47 mark. The Frogs managed only a LaFleur 3-pointer over the 5:40-plus stretch. NC State then entered the locker room with a one-point advantage, 36-35, thanks to a Strachan fadeway jumper with just under a minute remaining.

As efficient as the Frogs were on the offensive end in the first half, the second half proved to be a much different story. TCU shot only 27.6 percent after intermission as the Wolfpack pulled away.

NC State took total control of the game after it exited the locker room with the help of a 21-9 run to begin the second half. Following a Crawford basket that briefly regained the lead for TCU to start the period, Kastanek went off by scoring nine straight Wolfpack points for a 45-38 lead.

Sverrisdottir was able to whittle the Frogs' deficit back to only three points on a pair of free throws at the 15:33 mark, but NC State responded with a 10-0 run that put the squad comfortably ahead, 57-44. TCU was unable to close within single digits the remainder of the contest.

TCU returns to the Metroplex for a Wednesday meeting with cross-town rival SMU in Dallas. Tip-off from the Mustangs' Moody Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.



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