GREENSBORO, N.C. -- An ice storm caused two separate power outages in the Greensboro Coliseum, but wasn't enough to disrupt N.C. State's 79-63 comeback victory over Syracuse. Markeisha Gatling scored 28 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Pack, and Kody Burke added a double-double (21 points, 16 rebounds) as N.C. State advanced to Saturday's semifinal round.
Syracuse was led by Brittney Sykes' 14 points, while three other players scored 9 apiece. The Wolfpack did a good job of neutralizing Orange center Shakeya Leary, limiting her to two points on the afternoon. N.C. State trailed made their comeback by utilizing their decided advantage in the post, outscoring the Orange 40-24 in the paint.
The win came with major consequences, however, as Gatling went to the bench with a knee injury for the latter part of the second half. Head coach Wes Moore didn't sound like a man who expected to play the rest of the weekend with his star center, saying that while X-ray's were negative, she would undergo further testing to determine the nature of the injury.