GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – NC State settled the issue quickly in the final game of Thursday night’s ACC Women’s Tournament second-round session.
The sixth-seeded Wolfpack bolted to an 18-3 lead in the first six minutes, built the margin to 24 points at halftime and cruised on to a 76-60 victory over 14th-seeded Boston College.
NC State (20-10) moved on to face third-seeded Syracuse in Friday’s 8 p.m. quarterfinal game. The Orange (23-6) edged the Wolfpack by three points in the lone regular-season meeting between the teams on Feb. 14 in Raleigh.
Boston College ended its season at 15-16.
The Wolfpack led by as many as 28 points late in the third quarter before the Eagles closed the gap toward the finish. Miah Spencer led NC State with 17 points, while Jennifer Mathurin scored 15 and Dominique Wilson had 14.
Senior Nicole Boudreau, playing her final game for the Eagles, finished with 16 points. Boudreau connected on four shots from beyond the arc to give her 252 successful 3-pointers for her career – the second-most in Boston College history. Kelly Hughes added 14 points for BC.
Spencer scored 12 first-half points to fuel the Wolfpack’s fast start, and Wilson added 10. Mathurin connected on 3-of-4 shots from 3-point range as NC State left little doubt by building its 42-18 lead at the break.
The Wolfpack, seeking to further enhance its NCAA resume, became the seventh ACC team this season to win at least 20 games.