N.C. State Upsets #1 Seed Duke 75-73 at 2012 ACC Women's Tournament
GREENSBORO, N.C. - N.C. State and Duke made history today at The 2012 ACC Women’s Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Duke is the first #1 seed in the ACC tournament to be defeated by a team seeded eighth or ninth. Conversely, #9 seed N.C. State, is the lowest seeded team to make the ACC semifinals.
How is it possible N.C. State lost to Duke 83-59 on January 8th, and then today, shock Duke? N.C. State guard Marissa Kastanek offered her thoughts, “First off, we came into the game, and we know that every team is beatable. And then what gave us our confidence is each other. We’ve learned a lot over these past couple of weeks that, it’s not just me that can do it. It’s just not Bo (Bonae Holston). It not just me. It’s all of us. And we need all of us together. And once we got that under control, about two weeks ago, we finally understood. We’ve had all the confidence in the world.”
Duke shot close to 48 percent from the field for the game, compared with N.C. State’s 39 percent and outscored State 36-24 in the paint. Usually those numbers lead to a win. Duke’s Achilles heel was turnovers. N.C. State scored 26 points off Duke’s turnovers. Chelsea Gray led all scorers with 25 points , but also had a game high 8 turnovers. A distraught Gray explained, “ I think just forcing things that weren’t necessarily there at times and trying to make the harder pass. I know personally trying to make the harder pass than the easier pass to maybe the wings or something like that. But I think just forcing the issue instead of just what came to us.”