"I guess the momentum was just going both ways," said Kaayla Chones, the Wolfpack leading scorer and rebounder with 26 points and 16 boards.
North Carolina State's Kendra Bell, left, looks to pass around North Carolina's Nikki Teasley. (AP Photo/Jeffrey A. Camarati)
"It was a shooting nightmare without a doubt," said Coach Sylvia Hatchell in her post-game comments.
The Lady Heels shot a season low 26 percent on 19-of-73 shooting. Carolina's leading scorer Nicki Teasley and starting point guard Leah Metcalf shot 2-of-16 and 3-of-12, respectively. The Lady Heels also shot 5-of-26 from behind the arc
Despite Carolina's shooting troubles and State's turnovers the game remained close throughout the second half and on into the final minute of the game.
With 45 seconds on the clock in the second half, Teasley was isolated on the left side with the Heels leading 63-62. Teasley's shot clanged off the iron, and the Wolfpack pulled down the defensive rebound.
After a timeout the Wolfpack designed a play for leading scorer Kaayla Chones, but Amy Simpson was unable to get her the ball, said Wolfpack coach Kay Yow.
North Carolina State's Talisha Scates, right, drives the baseline against North Carolina's Coretta Brown to score the winning basket.(AP Photo/Jeffrey A. Camarati)
"I'm a senior, I'm a leader. I knew this [shot] would be big for us and for the program. I went in knowing I was going to shoot. It's unfortunate that they make a call like that at the end of a game," said Nicki Teasley on the last play of the game.
The trio of Talisha Scates, Kaayla Chones and Amy Simpson proved to be much for the Lady Tar Heels Thursday night. Scates, Chones and Simpson combined for a total of 57 points and 34 rebounds as N.C. State Wolfpack pulled out the game.
Carolina's offensive troubles allowed the Wolfpack to control the glass. The Wolfpack out rebounding the Heels 59-40. Part of the reason for the rebounding edge came when Candice Sutton was out 10 minutes in the game while nursing a painful ankle injury that she played through most of the second half.
"Defensively we did some good things but offensively we took bad shots, but rebound was the key," said Hatchell. "We just knew rebounding would be a key factor. Period. If we didn't box out we knew we wouldn't have a shot at winning," said Wolfpack Coach Kay Yow.
Coach Hatchell said she felt proud after the game, and she could take some positives from the game including the 27 turnovers the Heels caused.
"Losing this game will help us win more in the future. We will learn from it and move on," said Hatchell.
Carolina's leading scorer for the game was Coretta Brown who dropped 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
The Lady Heels fall to 13-3 overall with a 3-1 mark in conference play. Their next game is at Clemson on January 13.
Sherrell McMillian contributed to this report
N.C. STATE 66, NORTH CAROLINA 63
N.C. STATE: Simpson 7-19 1-2 16, Scates 3-8 9-10 15, Chones 10-13 6-11 26, Rivers 1-5 0-0 2, K. Bell 1-5 1-3 3, Olanrewaju 0-2 0-0 0, Stockdale 2-9 0-0 4. Totals 24-61 17-26 66.
NORTH CAROLINA: Baptist 6-14 4-6 16, Teasley 2-16 5-6 11, Sutton 1-8 1-2 3, Brown 6-14 3-4 16, Metcalf 3-12 6-7 14, McBee 0-4 0-0 0, N. Bell 0-4 1-2 1, Thomas 1-1 0-0 2, Laaksonen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-73 20-27 63.
Halftime--N.C. State 34-31. 3-Point goals--N.C. State 1-12 (Simpson 1-5, K. Bell 0-1 Rivers 0-1, Stockdale 0-5), North Carolian 5-26 (Metcalf 2-6, Teasley 2-10, Brown 1-8, N. Bell 0-2). Fouled out--K. Bell. Rebounds--N.C. State 59 (Chones 16), North Carolina 40 (Baptist, Sutton 9). Assists--N.C. State 15 (Stockdale 5), North Carolina 11 (Teasley 5). Total fouls--N.C. State 20, North Carolina 19. A--3,815.