The Star Democrat

Terrapins can’t keep pace with Wolfpack

N.C. State pushes early tempo, dominates No. 2 Maryland

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NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — A dominant first half and another strong game from Elissa Cunane helped No. 5 North Carolina State run past secondrank­ed Maryland.

Cunane scored 20 points, making eight of her nine shots from the field, the Wolfpack shot 61% in the first 20 minutes to beat the Terrapins 78-60 on Thursday at the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championsh­ip tournament.

“This young lady was 8-for-9 from the field, pretty unbelievab­le,” said N.C. State coach Wes Moore of Cunane. “We got to get her more touches. She also got 10 boards, a pretty nice day,”

Diamond Johnson added 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Wolfpack.

The game was played at the Baha Mar resort in the Bahamas in a converted ballroom complete with a low ceiling and a raised stage right off midcourt. There were high school-style bleachers behind the two benches for fans.

This was the first year that there was a women’s tournament at the event which brought in four of the top seven teams in the country. No. 4 Indiana and seventh-ranked Stanford are also playing in the tournament.

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