The 10th-ranked North Carolina State women’s basketball team brought an abrupt end to the University of Maine’s five-game winning streak on Saturday night.
The Wolfpack opened the game on a 13-2 run and cruised to a 84-46 victory on Kay Yow Court inside James T. Valvano Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
North Carolina State (11-0), which is 8-0 at home, is off to the second best start in program history.
The Wolfpack paced five players in double figures led by Kayla Jones’ 14 points. Elissa Cunane and Aislinn Konig scored 11 each and Grace Hunter and Kiara Leslie finished with 10 apiece.
Jones and Cunane each had eight rebounds, Leslie contributed a game-high seven assists and Hunter chipped in five assists. DD Rogers had eight points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Konig hit three 3-pointers and that extended her streak to 44 games with at least one 3-pointer.
Kelly Fogarty came off the bench to pace the Black Bears (7-3) with 13 points. Parise Rossignol posted 10 points, five rebounds and three assists and Tanesha Sutton (game-high 10 rebounds, 3 steals), Blanca Millan and Maeve Carroll added six points apiece.
Millan, who was averaging 20.2 points per game, shot only 2-for-13 from the floor, 2-for-11 from the 3-point arc.
Dor Saar had five assists but was held scoreless.
UMaine played its seventh straight game without rebounding leader Fanny Wadling, who remains sidelined by a concussion.
North Carolina State hit on six of its first nine field goal attempts while UMaine went just 1-for-9 as the hosts built their 13-2 lead.
Konig’s jumper off a Hunter pass, Leslie’s three-pointer off a Konig pass and Rogers’ layup from a Leslie pass staked NC State to its 7-0 lead before Carroll hit a layup for UMaine.
But Cassell scored off a layup and a jumper and Jones converted a fast break layup to make it 13-2.
North Carolina State, ranked 18th in the nation in rebounds per game (45.3) and rebounding margin (plus-11.1), outrebounded the Black Bears 50-26 and outscored them in the paint 40-2.
NC State shot 56.9 percent from the floor (33-for-58) and 37.5 percent beyond the 3-point arc (9-for-24) while UMaine shot a dismal 27 percent from the floor (17-for-63) and 24.4 percent from 3-point land (10-41).
UMaine returns to action next Saturday with a noon game at Northeastern University in Boston.