NC State 59

(17-15, 8-8 ACC)

Auburn 79

(22-8, 9-5 SEC)

    7:00 PM ET, March 21, 2004

    Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut

    1 2 T
    NCST 33 2659
    AUB 46 3379

    Top Performers

    NC State: R. Stockdale 15 Pts, 3 Reb

    Auburn: N. Brackett 26 Pts, 4 Reb

    Tigers hold Chones to one field goal

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Natasha Brackett scored 26 points and Auburn dominated on the inside to beat North Carolina State 79-59 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday.

    The Tigers (22-8), the seventh seed in the East Regional, were the champions of the WNIT last season but not one player on the roster had any NCAA tournament experience.

    It didn't seem to matter.

    Le'Coe Willingham and Mandisa Stevenson each had 10 rebounds and Auburn, making its first tournament appearance since 2000, advanced to play second-seeded Connecticut, a 91-55 winner over Penn.

    Rachel Stockdale hit 5-of-7 3-pointers to lead the 10th-seeded Wolfpack (17-15) with 15 points.

    North Carolina State jumped out to an early lead behind three straight 3-pointers by Stockdale but Brackett scored 14 points in the first half and the Tigers shot 64 percent in the game's first 15 minutes.

    A 16-4 run late in the half gave the Tigers a 46-33 halftime lead, and the Wolfpack never threatened the lead again.

    Brackett finished 10-of-16 from the floor, including four 3-pointers. Stevenson finished with 18 points and Willingham added 15.

    Auburn held the Wolfpack's Kaayla Chones to six points, nearly nine below her team-leading average. Four of her points came on free throws.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 59 79
    FG Made-Attempted 21-49 (.429) 33-61 (.541)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-19 (.474) 8-15 (.533)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-10 (.800) 5-9 (.556)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 9 (0/0)

    Game Leaders

    PointsR. Stockdale 15N. Brackett 26
    ReboundsS. Reaves 4L. Willingham 8


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