by Mike Potter
N.C. State's run in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament turned out to be a very short one.
Jasmine Dixon had 17 points and 11 rebounds as UCLA steadily pulled away over the second half for a 74-54 win over the Wolfpack on Sunday night in the first round of the Kansas City Regional in Minneapolis.
Marissa Kastanek (pictured) finished her freshman season with a 21-point performance for the No. 9 seed Wolfpack (20-14). Nikitta Gartrell added 13 points in her final collegiate game, 10 of them in the first 13 minutes.
Rebekah Gardner added 13 pointsErica Tukiainen had 12 points for the No. 8 seed Bruins (25-8), who will play the region's No. 1 seed Nebraska on Tuesday night. Erica Tukiainen chipped in 12 points and Doreena Campbell 11 for UCLA.
Four of the six ACC teams in the tournament lost their first-round games. The exceptions are Duke and Florida State, both of which are hosting sub-regionals.