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Jones drops 10, No. 4 NC State women rock Hurricanes, 78-47

North Carolina State's Kayla Jones (25) shoots as Miami's Destiny Harden (3) defends during the...
North Carolina State's Kayla Jones (25) shoots as Miami's Destiny Harden (3) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)(Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP (Custom credit) | Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)
Published: Dec. 20, 2020 at 2:28 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Elissa Cunane scored 13 of her 18 points during No. 4 North Carolina State’s explosive first quarter, and the Wolfpack beat Miami 78-47 on Sunday.

Kai Crutchfield added 14 points and Jakia Brown-Turner and Kayla Jones each had 10 points for N.C. State (8-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Cunane, a junior center, hit three 3-pointers in a span of about 5 1/2 minutes of the first quarter. The Wolfpack led 31-11 after the first 10 minutes.

Kelsey Marshall scored 14 points to lead Miami (4-2, 1-2), which was playing its first road game.

The Wolfpack bolted to a 16-8 lead in the first five minutes followed by an 8-0 run across the next two minutes. Four N.C. State players hit 3s, and the Wolfpack went 8 of 11 from long range in the first 12 minutes.

The margin grew to 48-16 at halftime, the Wolfpack’s largest lead at the break this season. Miami shot 20.7% from the floor as N.C. State allowed its fewest points in a half.

This game, originally scheduled for Feb. 4, was moved up on the schedule when both teams had opponents unavailable because of coronavirus issues.

BIG PICTURE

Miami: The Hurricanes entered the game with the ACC’s top mark in 3-point defense, allowing opponents to shoot 21.1%. They hadn’t given up more than eight 3s in any game this season. The Wolfpack ended up 10 of 25 from long range.

N.C. State: Brown-Turner might be the Wolfpack’s answer to slow starts that bothered the team in several earlier games. She has a total of 22 first-quarter points in a pair of ACC home victories during the past week. She scored eight points in barely more than six minutes Sunday.

UP NEXT

Miami: Home vs. Notre Dame on Dec. 31.

N.C. State: At Georgia Tech on Dec. 31.

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