HONOLULU—Aislinn Konig scored 25 points, Kai Crutchfield added 23, and No. 12 N.C. State beat Texas 84-73 on the opening day of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown Friday.
Texas cut the deficit to 56-50 with the opening basket of the fourth quarter, but N.C. State (6-0) responded with a 9-0 run powered by two 3-pointers from Konig.
Sug Sutton’s 3-pointer for the Longhorns (3-3) got the deficit back to 76-69 with 1:20 left. The Wolfpack made 8 of 10 free throws to secure the win.
Konig and Crutchfield each finished with four 3-pointers for N.C. State, which was 11 of 22 from the arc. Texas was 5 of 22 from 3-point range.
Sutton scored 23 points for the Longhorns, including three 3-pointers. Joyner Holmes had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Celeste Taylor added 12 points.
Texas shot just 33 percent from the field while N.C. State converted on 53 percent of its shots.
The score was tied after the first quarter, but the Wolfpack took a seven-point lead to halftime.
Sutton heated up in the second half, scoring 19 of her 23 points on 7 of 10 shooting.