No. 23 NC State downs rival N. Carolina 73-54 behind Konig
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Aislinn Konig scored 18 points and Chelsea Nelson scored 11 with a season-high 16 rebounds and No. 23 North Carolina State beat North Carolina 73-54 on Sunday.
Armani Hawkins added 14 points and Kiara Leslie scored 11 for the Wolfpack (20-6, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
North Carolina led 15-14 after the first quarter before the Wolfpack broke it open in the second and outscored the Tar Heels, who missed 12 of 15 shots, 20-6. NC State took control with an 11-2 run with Kaila Ealey scoring six.
Jaime Cherry’s jumper brought the Tar Heels within 27-21, but NC State closed the half with a 7-0 run when Hawkins made a 3-pointer and a layup and Nelson made two free throws. The Wolfpack kept the pressure on shooting 8-of-15 including 3 of 5 3s in the third period.
Paris Kea led North Carolina (14-11, 4-8) with 21 points, Janelle Bailey added 13 and Cherry 11.