N.C. State’s James scores 27, No. 3 Wolfpack uses first-half run to down No. 1 Texas in Elite Eight


AUSTIN (KXAN) — North Carolina State rode a 17-2 run in the second quarter to topple Texas 76-66 in the NCAA women’s basketball Elite Eight on Sunday in Portland, Oregon.

The Wolfpack’s Aziaha James hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 27 points, and whenever the Longhorns started to make a move, N.C. State always had a response.

Texas cut the Wolfpack’s lead to six points near the end of the third quarter, but James cashed her sixth 3-pointer to stop the Longhorns’ momentum headed to the final frame.

N.C. State shot 50% from 3-point range, making 9 of 18 attempts, while Texas made just one 3-point field goal in six tries. The Wolfpack also held a huge advantage from the foul line, making 19 of 25 free throws while Texas made 7 of 11. N.C. State had 16 fastbreak points to Texas’ 3, and a lot of those came during the run that put them ahead for the rest of the game.

For the Longhorns, Madison Booker had 17 points on 8 of 21 shooting and Shay Holle chipped in 12 points. It took a while for Booker to get going after shooting 4 for 13 in the first half. Texas outscored the Wolfpack 44-24 in the paint and outrebounded them 44-31 including 18-4 on the offensive glass.

Taylor Jones, who sat out Friday’s Sweet 16 game while in concussion protocol, was cleared and came off the bench to score 11 points. Aaliyah Moore scored 10 points on 5 of 14 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds.

Texas ends its season with a 33-5 overall record.

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