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Wolfpack wallop Illini while UNC and Duke both play in ACC/Big Ten Challenge Thursday



N.C. State certainly held up its part in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

N.C. State forward Bonae Holston
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  • N.C. State forward Bonae Holston
Led by 18 points from Bonae Holston, the Wolfpack was in control the whole way in a 73-57 romp at Illinois.

The victory broke a two-game losing streak for the Wolfpack (4-4), while Illinois lost its third straight and fell to 3-5.

The Challenge concludes Thursday night with both UNC and Duke in action.

The No. 14 Tar Heels (7-0) will square off with No. 18 Iowa at 7 p.m. at Carmichael Arena, while the No. 5 Blue Devils (7-0) will visit Wisconsin (2-5).

State’s biggest lead over the Illini was 61-30 following a Breezy Williams layup with 13:37 to play.

Marissa Kastanek added 15 points for the Wolfpack, followed by freshman Kody Burke with 13 and Amber White with 11.

Karisma Penn had 12 points, and Centrese McGee 10 for the Illini.

The Wolfpack will host Southern California on Sunday at 2.

No. 14 UNC vs. No. 18 Iowa
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Carmichael Arena]
WCHL 1360.
Video: TarHeelBlue.com.
Records: UNC 7-0; Iowa 7-0.
Coaches’ records — UNC: Sylvia Hatchell 838-294, 565-214 at UNC; Iowa: Lisa Bluder 545-265, 189-123 at Iowa.
Leading scorers — UNC: Italee Lucas 18.4; Iowa: Kachine Alexander 15.6.
Leading rebounders — UNC: Jessica Breland 8.0; Iowa: Kachine Alexander 10.0.
Assist leaders — UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 6.3; Iowa: Jaime Printy 4.3.

No. 5 Duke vs. Wisconsin
[Thursday, 8:30 p.m., Kohl Center]
WDNC 620.
Video: Big Ten Network.
Records: Duke 7-0; UW 2-5.
Coaches’ records — Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 405-170, 89-22 at Duke; UW: Lisa Stone 489-227, 113-109 at UW.
Leading scorers — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 15.1; UW: Alyssa Karel 13.8.
Leading rebounders — Duke: Krystal Thomas 9.0; UW: Tara Steinbauer 7.6.
Assist leaders — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 4.4; UW: Alyssa Karel 3.0.

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