WNIT ACCtion: Thursday, March 15

March 15, 2012

Season-High 88 Points Drown High Point as Pack Advances in WNIT

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State found a rhythm in the first round of the Women's NIT, utilizing a balanced offensive attack to hang a season-high 88 points in an 88-78 win over High Point Thursday night at Reynolds Coliseum.

Kody Burke, Bonae Holston, Marissa Kastanek, and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman each logged double figure scoring performances as the Wolfpack exerted control from the opening tip, leading for the entire game.

Burke notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Holston led the Pack with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Kastanek added 16 including 3-of-5 from long range. Goodwin-Coleman chipped in 13 and lead State with nine assists.

Virginia Beats Howard in Overtime, 59-56, Advances to WNIT Second Round

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team advanced to the second round of the 2012 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) with a 59-56 victory over Howard in overtime on Thursday (March 15) night at John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia moves on to host in-state foe Richmond on Monday (March 19) at 7 p.m.

With the victory, Virginia improved to 23-10 overall and 15-3 at home this season. Howard finished its season with a 24-9 record.

Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) was the Cavaliers' leading scorer with 18 points. The junior guard finished 6-for-17 from the field, connected on two 3-pointers and was clutch from the free throw line (4-for-4). She added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Deacons Outlast Charlotte For 72-61 Victory In WNIT Opener

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Wake Forest let an 18-point second half lead slip but a strong finish allowed the Deacons to pull-out a 72-61 victory at Charlotte Thursday night in the opening round of the WNIT.

The Deacons improve to 20-13 on the year, which marks just the second time in school-history that a team has recorded 20 victories in a season. Charlotte finishes the year 16-14 overall.

Senior Secily Ray scored a season-high tying 21 points and finished one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards for Wake. She was one of four Deacons in double-figures on the night as sophomore Chelsea Douglas netted 14 points while Lakevia Boykin and Sandra Garcia each chipped-in with 13 points.