No. 17 UNC women beat No. 10 NC State 89-82

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm •  Published: February 16, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has been at its best this season when Markeisha Gatling gets plenty of touches to attack the post. The No. 10 Wolfpack just couldn't get the 6-foot-5 senior many good looks against No. 17 North Carolina on Sunday.

Gatling finished with 15 points but managed just seven shots in the 89-82 loss. She sat much of the first half after picking up two fouls, then didn't get the ball many times in the second half where she could make a strong move to the rim.

"Maybe (we) should've got her more touches," first-year coach Wes Moore said. "I may have run too much stuff. Maybe we should've just really spread them out and tried to get Keisha some opportunities.

"But they did a great job of really sinking in, helping down, helping over from the weakside, help pinching in from the corners. They did a nice job of making it tough to get her the ball."

During the Wolfpack's recent six-game winning streak, Gatling had taken between 10 and 15 shots every game. And with her shooting a national-best 68.9 percent from the floor, it was usually a productive way for N.C. State to start its offense.

She went just 3-for-7 against the Tar Heels, her fewest shot attempts in an Atlantic Coast Conference game all year. Most of her production came from her 9-for-10 effort at the foul line.

For North Carolina, Diamond DeShields set a school freshman record with 38 points. Fellow rookie Allisha Gray scored 15 of her 18 points after halftime in her own big performance for the Tar Heels (20-6, 8-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who beat a top-10 opponent on the road for the second time this week. UNC earned its first win at No. 3 Duke in six years Monday, with DeShields scoring 30 in that one.

The 6-foot-1 daughter of ex-major league baseball player Delino DeShields was even better against the Wolfpack (22-4, 9-3), scoring 27 points after halftime.

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