CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Freshman Elissa Cunane scored 19 points and No. 10 North Carolina State started fast and cruised to a 78-58 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga on Friday night.
Cunane was 7 for 9 from the field to help the Wolfpack improve to 12-0.
N.C. State led 9-0 before the Mocs (4-9) got on the board with Brooke Burns’ 3-pointer.
Grace Hunter added 17 points for N.C. State, and Kiara Leslie had 12. The Wolfpack had a 45-23 rebounds edge. The game was a homecoming for Wolfpack coach Wes Moore, who coached at Chattanooga from 1998 to 2013. During that time, Chattanooga went 358-113 and made NCAA Tournament appearances.
Chattanooga coach Katie Burrows played for Moore from 2000-04. Burrows later worked as an assistant coach at Chattanooga for Moore and Jim Foster before being taking over as head coach in May following Foster’s retirement.
Arianne Whitaker led Chattanooga with 13 points, and Rochelle Lee had 11. The Mocs have lost seven straight games since beating Saint Louis on Nov. 24.
This was the second meeting between the two teams, with both played in Chattanooga. N.C. State won the first meeting, 80-67 on Dec. 31, 1977.
North Carolina State: The win was the 900th for North Carolina State, and the 12-0 record continues the Wolfpack’s second-best start to a season.
Chattanooga: In addition to the loss to the No. 10 Wolfpack, three of the losses in seven-game skid have come against teams ranked in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 (South Dakota State, Central Michigan and Belmont).
North Carolina State: vs. Davidson on Dec. 30.
Tennessee-Chattanooga: vs. Middle Tennessee at Fordham Holiday Classic on Dec 29.