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No. 20 N.C. St. 87, Santa Clara 63

December 21, 1997

SEATTLE (AP) _ Nailah Wallace scored 22 points and Summer Erb 20 as No. 20 North Carolina State matched its best start in school history Saturday night with an 87-63 win over Santa Clara in the first round of the Husky Classic.

North Carolina State is 10-0 for the first time since the 1990-91 season when the Wolfpack went on to win the ACC championship.

Chasity Melvin scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for North Carolina State.

Lisa Sacco scored 18 points and Christine Rigby 15 for Santa Clara (6-3).

Melvin scored six points and Wallace five as North Carolina State used a 22-5 run in the first half to take a 34-10 lead.

The Broncos closed to within 15 points midway through the second half, but could get no closer.

The Wolfpack defense forced 28 turnovers, 17 on steals, and North Carolina State outrebounded Santa Clara 47-31.

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