Wake Forest 75, No. 18 N.Carolina St. 64
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Tracy Connor scored 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as Wake Forest upset No. 18 North Carolina State 75-84 Sunday.
The win gave the Demon Deacons (13-13, 6-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) a sweep of the season series. Wake Forest beat N.C. State 76-72 Jan. 23 in Winston-Salem.
Val Hodge also scored 17 for the Deacons. RaeAnna Mulholland added 16 points and Lindsay Seawright scored 15.
Umeki Webb led the Wolfpack (18-8, 10-6) with 12.
Wake Forest jumped out to a 17-6 advantage early and held the margin above 10 points for most of the game.
The Wolfpack’s leading scorer, Chasity Melvin, committed three fouls in the first 4:30 and was benched for the remainder of the half.
Connor and Seawright took advantage of Melvin’s absence inside and netted 13 points each in the half, staking Wake Forest to a 39-25 lead at halftime.
``That first half was as flat as you can play. We couldn’t match Wake Forest’s level of intensity,″ Wolfpack coach Kay Yow said.
The Deacons pushed the lead to 58-37 on a Cynthia Kelley jumper with 11:04 left in the game, but Wake Forest scored just two points over the next 7:44 as N.C. State chopped away the lead to 60-55. A Connor jumper and a layup by Mulholland stalled the rally. Gretchen Hollifield hit 5 of 7 free throws in the final 1:02 to seal the victory.
Wake Forest’s win was its sixth ever over the Wolfpack, compared to 34 losses. Deacon coach Karen Freeman, a former Yow assistant at N.C. State, said her team finally lived up to expectations.
``We have never come over here and played as well as I thought we were capable of playing,″ Freeman said. ``They were as focused as I’ve ever seen them.″