Elissa Cunane couldn’t cease smiling.
Cunane was again on the court docket Monday with the N.C. State women’s basketball group, taking part in once more, successful once more.
And successful large. For the second time this season, the No. 4 Wolfpack went on the road and knocked off the No. 1 group in the nation, beating top-ranked Louisville 74-60 at the KFC Yum! Center.
Cunane had not performed since Jan. 3 as she went via the COVID-19 protocols and the Pack had a COVID pause. The junior heart had some tough days coping with coronavirus signs, she mentioned. She additionally ached to be again on the court docket, particularly after seeing the Wolfpack lose in extra time at Virginia Tech final week for its first loss.
But there she was Monday, taking part in half-hour, scoring 16 factors, teaming with Jakia Brown-Turner, Jada Boyd, Raina Perez and the others at hand Louisville its first defeat of the season after a 16-0 begin.
The Wolfpack (12-1, 7-1 ACC) knocked off South Carolina earlier this season when the Gamecocks have been No. 1. But this was in opposition to the Pack’s large ACC rival, a group able to successful a nationwide championship.
“It feels so good,” Cunane mentioned, beaming. “We were ready for this moment. We knew going on the road to play the No. 1 team was going to be hard but we did it before. So we just prepared. We knew we had to have energy and go into it like we know what we’re doing.”
Cunane wasn’t missing vitality. Not this evening.
“I was so excited,” she mentioned. “I wasn’t winded at all. I was just running out there. I had too much energy. Coach had to tell me to calm down a little bit.”
Calm down however not decelerate an excessive amount of. Wolfpack coach Wes Moore turned her free, let her run. Brown-Turner and Boyd additionally had 16 factors apiece, and Perez 15.
It was tied 18-18 after the first quarter however the Wolfpack was the higher group from there, outrebounding Louisville 44-29 as Kayla Jones had 13 boards. The Pack led by as many as 18 factors in the second half in opposition to the Cardinals (9-1 ACC).
“It was just one of those nights,” Moore mentioned. (*1*) Moore mentioned. “She just takes over ball games. But just thought we did a great job defensively, on the boards. Those are the things we have to do to be successful.”
How profitable can the Pack be? N.C. State received the ACC championship final season however had the pandemic power the NCAA event to be canceled. What about this season?
“We can go pretty far,” Perez mentioned. “We can go as far as we want. Beating another No. 1 team motivates us and I’m excited to see where we can take this.”