RALEIGH, NC – Lucky Rudd has a career day, scores a personal best 21 points, as Rudd and the North Carolina State Lady Wolfpack defeated the Davidson Lady Wildcats 73-49.
NC State (2-0, 0-0 ACC) started out the game on fire, hitting five of six field goal attempts after missing their first three of the game. Lucky Rudd acted as fuel to the fire, hitting her first five shot attempts to help NC State get out to an early 14-5 run.
Davidson (1-1, 0-0 A-10) would cut their deficit to 10 on a Donovan three-pointer, but that would be as close as the Wildcats would get as NC State went on a 10-0 run to head into halftime with a 43-23 lead which was the highest of the game.
Davidson guard and Durham-native Justine Lyon lead team in scoring with 12 points but the Hillside-graduate struggled with foul trouble late in third quarter it was not much she could do.
After a Rudd layup, Akela Maize started off the second half on fire going three for three, including a pair of free throws from the line to give the Lady Wolfpack a 51-28 lead. Maize finished the game with 10 points and four rebounds.
Coach Wes Moore and his ladies scored 21 points off of turnovers. Coach Moore mentioned after the game that they “have to do a better job keep teams off of the glass.” Coach Moore expects to out-rebound opponents.
The Lady Wolfpack did a good job of that last game, but struggled today, tying Davidson with 39 rebounds.
The fifth-year commander of the Wolfpack continued with his point, “[I] think rebounding is the most important part of the game. Even on a bad night, if you can get a second or third possession and limit the other team to one possession, we will have a good shot at winning.”
Rudd finished the game with a career-high 21 points shooting 8-for-11, 5-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. She also added three rebounds to her stat line. Her previous career record was nine points.
Senior forward Chelsea Nelson ended the game with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Rudd stated that “I feel like going into practice we have a different mindset.” She continued “this is a new team so I feel like we just needed to play a game to get everything under control, now that we’ve played that game , I feel like the flow of the offense will eventually come to us because we’re used to each other.”
North Carolina State will return back home for action against UNC-Asheville Wednesday, November 15th at 7 pm.