Women's Hoops fall to Wolfpack

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Women’s Hoops fall to Wolfpack


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ashley Key scored a career-high 23 points to lead North Carolina State past No. 19 Vanderbilt 76-67 on Wednesday night.

Billie McDowell added 12 first-half points in her first game back from offseason knee surgery for the Wolfpack (3-2), while Khadijah Whittington had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Caroline Williams scored 18 points and hit six 3-pointers for the Commodores (5-2), who had their five-game winning streak stopped.

McDowell, a senior guard, averaged 11.2 points and was a third-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer last season before tearing her left anterior cruciate ligament in March. She was injured when she landed awkwardly on a jumper during the first half of the Wolfpack’s first-round loss to Middle Tennessee in the NCAA tournament.

The Wolfpack shot 50 percent to take a 37-27 halftime lead. N.C. State quickly increased that lead, using a 9-0 run and getting a pair of transition layups from Monica Pope to lead 50-31 with 15:35 left.

Vanderbilt never got closer than nine points until the final minutes, shooting just 42 percent for the game.