Women's Basketball ACCtion: Tuesday, February 1

Feb. 1, 2011

Goodwin-Coleman Leads Pack Over Stags

RALEIGH, N.C. --- Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored a career-high 17 points in NC State's 76-49 win over Fairfield Tuesday in Reynolds Coliseum.

The rookie from Lorton, Va., had her best game to date by going 7-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, added a career-best four steals, and doled out five assists

"This is the highest level (ACC) that anyone can be asked to play, and getting used to that level has been tough," said Goodwin-Coleman. "I'm getting used to it after all these games, just trying to reduce turnovers, put the ball in the right place at the right time, make smart plays."

Bonae Holston's 20 points and nine rebounds led the Pack (10-12) in both categories. Holston was honored after the game for climbing the 1,000-point plateau two games ago at Miami. Tonight she notched her seventh 20-point effort of the season and was one rebound shy of an eighth double-double.

"We're excited to be walking out of here with a win," said NC State head coach Kellie Harper. "I'm proud of our kids. It may not have been our best game, or our prettiest game, but we found a way to win."

Fairfield (14-7) entered the game as the nation's top-ranked team in points allowed, but NC State's 49.2% (30-of-61) shooting, 62.5% (5-of-8) from three, proved to be too much. The Stags were yielding 48 points per game on average, heading into tonight's contest.

The Pack had 40 by the intermission.

Marissa Kastanek was the only player besides Holston and Goodwin-Coleman to crack double figures, going 4-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from three en route to 12 points.

NC State let its lead dip to eight, 46-38, after a three-pointer from Katelyn Linney (12 points), but slammed the door with a 19-2 run midway through the second half to take the advantage to 25 points, 65-40, with just over five minutes to play.

The lead swelled to 28 after a jumper from Breezy Williams in the final 20 seconds.