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    Women's Basketball Begins ACC Season with Maryland
     
    Junior Nanna Rivers and the Wolfpack Women get set to begin ACC action when they host Maryland on Jan. 2.
    Junior Nanna Rivers and the Wolfpack Women get set to begin ACC action when they host Maryland on Jan. 2.
     

    Jan. 1, 2003

    RALEIGH, N.C. -

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    Maryland (6-5) -The Report
    The Pack leads the all-time series, 37-25 and is 20-6 while facing the Terps at home. Last season, NC State won both meetings with similar scores of 62-55 and 66-54. This season, Maryland has been up and down, first winning two-straight, then losing four, then winning two more heading into its tournament at Florida this weekend. Perhaps the Terps worst loss came against then No. 13 Penn State, Dec. 4, 101-74. Their best win came against Coppin State, Dec. 15, 66-43. SR F Rennieka Razor leads the team with 16.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg. She also has 31 steals and five blocks FR C Angel Ross is adding 6.3 rebounds a contest and has tallied 11 blocks and steals. JR C/F Delvona Oliver, a transfer from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, will join the Terrapins in Miami at the Gatorade Holiday Classic. Maryland is currently ranked seventh in the ACC. They are under the direction of first year head coach, Brenda Frese, who last season guided Minnesota to a 22-8 record.

    Next Tip
    The Pack continues its ACC slate on Sunday, Jan. 5 against No. 11 North Carolina at Carmichael ... The game will tip-off at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on RSN. The conference games continue with a game at Florida State, Jan. 8.

    The Last Time against Maryland
    Game 1 (Jan. 28 at NC State): NC State won with a score of 62-55 ... Chones led the Pack with 18 points and 10 rebs, Simpson added 10 points and seven boards. Game 2 (Feb. 21 at Maryland): NC State won with a score of 66-54 ... Moody led the Pack with 16 points, four rebs, while Chones was next with 14 points five rebs. The last five contests 2/21/02, NC State win away, 66-54; 1/28/02, NC State win at home, 62-55; 3/3/01, NC State win at ACC Tourn., 74-61; 2/25/01, NC State loss away, 75-54; 1/25/01, NC State loss at home, 57-56 Only had one overtime: NC State win away, 80-78 1/24/87

    Injury Update
    Sophomore guard Rachel Stockdale will redshirt this season after she had surgery on her right knee recently. The surgery is called a lateral release, which is basically a cutting and reattachment of the IT band. Stockdale played just two games for the Pack this season. She finished with 13 points, including a 4-7 performance at the arc. She also tallied four rebounds and two assists. Freshman Jennifer Filipowski is still day-to-day.

    Also ...
    Junior forward Adeola Olanrewaju is on a leave of absence for an undetermined period of time. Olanrewaju led the team in rebounds with 8.0 per game, riding on the heals on an 11-rebound performance versus Loyola Marymount, Saturday, Dec. 1. She was also averaging 4.0 points per game in 25 minutes a contest after starting two of the four games played this season.

    What Just Happened
    NORFOLK, Va. - Senior guard Okeisha Howard scored a season-high 20 points and added five assists on Monday night as the Old Dominion women's basketball team topped NC State 79-55 in non-conference action at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The win gave ODU its first back-to-back wins of the season and improves its record to 3-4 while NC State dropped back under .500 to 5-6 and had their two-game winning streak snapped. Junior Myriah Spence and senior captain Kim Giddens also notched season-highs on the night with 17 and 10 points respectively. Redshirt junior Max Nhassengo provided a spark off the bench, just missing a double-double with nine points and 11 boards, with 10 coming off the defensive glass. She also dished out a career-high six assists. NC State guard Kaayla Chones, who entered the evening as the team's leading scorer with an average of 18.5 points, was held under double digits for the first time this season, totaling only four first-half points. She did however record a season-high four blocks.

    A Fresh Start?
    The Pack finished 5-6 in its 11-game non-conference schedule, which featured three top 25 teams and a total of six 2002 NCAA Tournament teams. Up ahead for NC State in the ACC portion of the season are two currently ranked teams in No. 1 Duke and No. 11 North Carolina. With one of the toughest NC State preseason schedules already completed, the 16-game ACC docket begins with Maryland on Jan. 2, while No. 11 North Carolina awaits in the shadows for a game on the 5th.

    Looking Ahead at North Carolina (10-1)
    NC State leads the all-time series between the in-state rivals, 47-24 ... the two teams are tied at 15 a piece when NC State plays at North Carolina ... the Pack split the 2001-02 slate winning away and losing at home. Additionally the team lost to the Tarheels in the ACC Tournament last year ... this season, North Carolina has been ranked in the AP top 25 every week, with its most recent ranking of 11th being the highest yet ... currently the team is on a six-game winning-streak, only to tally one loss against No. 22 Oklahoma to break the undefeated season thus far ... the Tarheels defeated Old Dominion, 90-54, a win of 24, just as much as NC State's recent loss ... UNC has yet to lose at home this season ... led by FR G/F La'Tangela Atkinson, who has earned two ACC Rookie of the Week honors thus far, with 12.6 ppg and 8.3 rpg ... Atkinson's rebound average is the highest on the squad ... JR C Candice Sutton is next in line with 12.2 ppg and 6.2 rpg, she also has 18 blocks ... in total, four Tarheels are averaging double-figures and three are averaging more than six rebounds per contest.

    Bad Beginnings
    * The loss against UC Santa Barbara was the first home opener loss in Wolfpack Women history. There have been 15 total home openers since 1974.

    * The last time the Pack had an 0-2 start was Coach Yow's first season as head coach in 1975-76. NC State finished that season with a 19-7 overall record. Following that start, the team went on an eight-game winning streak.

    * 1999 (17-12) was the only time NC State had a three-game losing streak.

    * The Pack has never started a season at 1-3. There have been eight times when the women had a 2-2 start, with the most recent coming in the 1998-99 season, the same year as the three-game losing streak.

    * The Pack has only had three losing seasons: 2001-02, 1993-94 and 1987-88.

    * In 1987-88, NC State was 5-6 after 11 games and went on to finish 10-17. The slate however featured 10 games against top 20 opponents.

    * The Pack went 3-5 in 1998-99 and finished 17-12 ... NC State lost three-straight and then went on to win five consecutive from Dec. 21 until Jan. 7.

    * The Pack's two home losses to begin the season, along with a 2001-02 season-ending home loss to Clemson, ties the NC State record for three consecutive losses in Reynolds.

    * The last time NC State started a season 6-6 was in 1992-93 and that team finished at 14-13.

    Similar Seasons?
    A look at two seasons may bring back memories for some NC State fans. The 1987-88 season started the same way as the Pack's current slate, 5-6. Unfortunately it went on to complete the schedule at 10-17. A redeeming factor is the strength of schedule which featured 10, top 20 teams. In 1998-99, the team started out 3-5, but went on a five-game winning streak from Dec. 21-Jan. 7. That team finished 17-12. The 87-88 team unfortunately had a rough go in the ACC portion and finished 3-11, with wins over North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest. The next season (88-89) the team went on to earn a 24-7 record. Against Maryland in the 1987-88 season, the team was 0-2 with scores of 92-71 and 90-64. To prevent history from repeating itself, NC State must win against Maryland. In the mentioned season, the Pack lost its 12th game, bringing the record to 5-7.

    Pack's Points
    * The Pack is 0-3 against ranked opponents this season. The first loss came against No. 25 UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 22, the second came from No. 6 UConn in the Women's Jimmy V Classic, Nov. 24 and the third from No. 22 BYU, Dec. 14.

    *The Pack leads in two categories over its opponents this season, including turnovers, 215-217 and blocks, 34-30.

    * The Pack is led by Chones with 17.9 ppg and 7.6 rpg, including 17 blocks, four of which she earned in career-high fashion against ODU with four.

    * The Pack's Jennifer Filipowski has not played in any games thus far as she rehabilitates her right knee.

    * The Pack's Billie McDowell has been the only freshman to play in any games this season and earned her first career start against LMU after she recorded her first double-double versus Iowa, 11 pts, 10 rebounds. Thus far she has tallied two double-digit scoring games and is averaging 4.0 ppg in 11.0 minutes a contest.

    *Six Wolfpack Women have scored in double-digits this year ... Chones has in 10-11 games, Moody has six times, James six times, Labador five times, McDowell twice, Simpson and Mendeng one time each.

    *For the Pack, six games have resulted in double-figure rebounding performances, with McDowell, Olanrewaju, Chones and Moody each doing the deed.

    *Labador has scored in double-figures, five of last seven games, including one double-double, vs. Florida (10 p, 10 r). She is third on the team in shot percentage with 43.8 percent.

    * Moody is also on the rise as she has posted double-figure games, six of the last eight contests, including a double-double against Florida. She ranks third on the team in shot percentage at 43.8 percent.

    * The loss at Old Dominion was NC State's largest scoring deficit (24) against the Monarchs in the 32 games played. The previous high was 23 recorded in 1982.

    * The Pack has slowly improved its rebounding and shooting performances. In the team's four wins in the last seven games, the Pack has scored 70 points or more and outrebounded their opponent three times. * The Pack is 4-3 with the lineup of James, Simpson, Labador, Moody and Chones.

    *Since Mendeng has entered the lineup the Pack is 2-1.

    * James is taking her role as a leader to the scoring ranks as she consistently improves with each game. At ODU she recorded a season-high 14 points after shooting a season-best 6-15.

    * The Pack is without the service of two players this season at this point, Rachel Stockdale and Adeola Olanrewaju

    * Moody and Chones are ranked in the ACC's top 15 free throw percentages. Moody leads at 10th , 28/39 (.718), while Chones lands at 12th, 49/80 (.613)

    Mending With Mendeng
    Since the entry of junior forward Alvine Mendeng on Dec. 18, the Wolfpack has recorded a record of 2-1. She recorded her first double-digit performance at NC State with her 13 points at Seton Hall. She also grabbed seven rebounds. The team went on to win 71-61. Her first career game was played in the Pack's 72-55 win over Elon on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Mendeng played 27 minutes in her first appearance. She had two steals and one block to go along with her seven points and eight rebounds. In a matter of three games, the forward has already recorded 22 rebounds, including 10 offensive. She also has contributed 25 points total. After three games she is averaging 8.3 points, 7.3 rebounds per contest, second-highest on the squad, to go along with two blocks and three steals in 25.7 mpg. She leads the bench in minutes per game and is fourth on the team.

    Double-Trouble
    Chones has three double-doubles, 16 career double-doubles ... 10-11 games for her have been double-digit scoring performances ... Moody has scored in double-digits six of the last eight, including her first season double-double against Florida ... Labador has netted double-digits five of the last seven games ... James has earned six double-digit games this season ... McDowell took home her first double-double and has two double-digit scoring performances ... Simpson earned her first double-digit outing this season against Florida, while Mendeng achieved her first double-digit against Seton Hall, netting 13 points.

    Ooh-wee it's Millie
    SR G Amelia Labador ("Millie") has been raising a few eye-brows this season as she brings her shooting range and tenacious defense to the lineup. She has contributed in other ways as well, posting four double-digit performances in her seven consecutive starts. She recorded a double-double in the Pack's win over East Carolina earlier this season and has been close other times to achieving the same result. She is averaging 9.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg as a guard and has 12 steals. Labador is second on the team in assists with 30.

    The Honorable Ms. Chones
    Redshirt junior Kaayla Chones, who just one year ago took home two ACC honors returns as a starting forward/center. The redshirt was named second team All-ACC and second team All-ACC tournament last season after leading the NC State squad with 12.3 ppg and 7.0 rpg. Chones was ranked in the ACC's top five in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots. She scored in double figures 18 times in 2002 and 10 times this season and has tallied 16 career double-doubles. Also, she poured in 31 points for a career high against Georgia Tech, Jan. 6, 2002. She is on pace to reach 1,000 points this season, after scoring 330 and 357 her freshman and r-sophomore years. So far this year she has scored in double-digits in every game, including a team-high 25 versus No. 25 UC Santa Barbara. She currently leads the team in scoring average and rebounds per game with 17.2 ppg and 7.6 rpg. * Chones leads the ACC in career double-doubles with 16 ... she also leads the nine-team conference in defensive rebounds with 5.91 a game ... is third in field goal percentage with .579 ... and is fourth in three categories, including scoring at 17.2 ppg, rebounds with 7.6 pg and blocked shots with 1.55 pg.

    Going For A Grand
    Three Wolfpack Women will be shooting for 1,000 career points this season. Moody, Chones and Simpson are on pace to reach the grand mark. Moody needs 125, Chones needs 128 points, while Simpson needs 241. There are 16 former Wolfpackers who have scored 1,000 or more points in their careers. Leading the list is Trudy Lacey with 1,957 points. Genia Beasley is NC State's all-time leading scorer with 2,367 points from 1977-1980. All told, the Wolfpack Women have seen 20 former players pass through Reynolds and score more than 1,000 points.

    Around the ACC
    * Two teams remain in the AP Poll, Duke is still holding strong at No. 1, while North Carolina moved up to 11th.

    * Duke remains unbeaten at 12-0, while Georgia Tech remains in second place with a 11-1 record. North Carolina improved to 10-1 for a solo third place rank.

    * Alana Beard of Duke was named ACC Player of the Week three-straight weeks and added another honor this past week, for a total of five ... Clemson's Khaili Sanders was tabbed Rookie of the Week.

    * The ACC is full of streaks, including a 12-0 run by the Blue Devils, a 10-game spurt for the Rambling Wreck and a seven-game spell for the Tarheels.

    * The ACC collectively is 73-25 (.745) against non-conference teams this season, 42-9 at home, 14-14 on the road and 18-2 in tournament play.

    9 Double O
    Kay Yow coached her 900th career game on Saturday, Dec. 7. NC State was victorious for the 28-year head coach, as it went on to defeat Florida 81-77. Only three other coaches have such longevity: Jody Conradt, Sue Gunter and Pat Summitt. Going for 1,000, she has 904 and counting.

    RPI Rankings
    The Women's Basketball Coaches Association(WBCA)/Summerville RPI rankings have NC State at the No. 40, while it improved from 20th in strength of schedule to 14th. Duke leads all ACC schools at No. 11 RPI and 203 SofS. Five ACC schools are ranked above NC State in RPI, including Duke (11th), North Carolina (14th) Wake Forest (31st), Clemson (35th) and Georgia Tech (36th). Of those however, NC State is ranked the highest in strength of schedule.

    Four Sign to National Letter of Intent
    Four players - LaKeisha Brown (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian), Marquetta Dickens (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro HS), Kamela Gissendanner (Clairton, Pa./Clairton HS) and Ashley Key (Atlanta, Ga./Landmark Christian) signed national letters of intent to play for NC State beginning in the 2003-04 season.

    Honoring Yow
    Coach Yow was honored before the NC State football game versus Georgia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 2. She was given a photo of her enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame, signed by every athletic department employee and named an Honorary Alumnus by the NCSU Alumni Association. Prior to this honor, Yow was awarded the honor of induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 7, 2002.

    In Case You Haven't Heard
    With Coach Yow's induction into the Hall of Fame, NC State becomes just the second NCAA school in history to have both a men's and women's basketball coach in the Hall. Yow joins the legendary Everett Case, who was NC State's head coach from 1946-65 and finished with a record of 377-134. He was enshrined on May 3, 1982. UCLA was the first school to be recognized in such a way. Both John Wooden and Billie Moore are in the Hall.

    TV on the Way
    NC State will play in its first televised game this season when it heads to North Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 5. The game is scheduled to broadcast live at 1 p.m. on FOX Sports South as part of the Regional Sports Network. After the Pack's game at Florida State on the 8th, NC State will then play at home for back-to-back RSN games, including Virginia on Jan. 12 and Clemson on Jan. 20. The game versus the Cavaliers is scheduled for 1 p.m. while the contest with the Tigers isn't until 7 p.m.

    NC State to Host NCAA First and Second Rounds
    NC State has been selected as one of 16 sites for the 2003 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. Reynolds Coliseum will host the four teams for the two-day event, Sunday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 25. The ESPN network will be televising all three games.

    The Wolfpack Slate
    On the docket for the Wolfpack are 10 teams that advanced to the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament, including Virginia, Clemson, Florida, Iowa, UC Santa Barbara, Brigham Young, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Duke and Connecticut. Four ACC teams advanced. Up to this point, the Pack is 2-4 against the 10 teams. Only four games remain to be played against the NCAA caliber competitors. Virginia, Clemson and Florida were knocked out in the first round. UCSB and Iowa were eliminated in the Round of 32. North Carolina and BYU fell in the Sweet 16. Old Dominion dropped out after the Elite 8. Duke advanced to the Final Four, while Connecticut became the National Champion.

    Head Coach Kay Yow
    One of the most admired and respected coaches on the international and collegiate basketball scene, Coach Kay Yow was elected for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame on June 5, 2002. She has amassed over 568 wins in her 27 years at the helm of the NC State women's basketball program, including a trip to the Final Four in Kansas City in 1998. She eclipsed the 600-win milestone for her career on Jan. 11, 2001 with a win over Temple in front of the Wolfpack faithful in Reynolds Coliseum. She currently ranks as the fifth winningest active Division I women's basketball coach with 625 career victories. Yow celebrated her 25th season as the head coach at NC State and Sunday, February 13, 2000 was proclaimed 'Kay Yow Day' in Raleigh by Mayor Paul Coble. In addition to being honored with the John and Nellie Wooden Award, Yow was named the 2000 National Coach of the Year by Sports Illustrated for Women. On June 10, 2000, Yow was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. She was part of just the second class to be inducted into the Hall. In addition to these accomplishments, Yow notched her 19th 20-win season in 2001 and led the Wolfpack Women to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight year. Yow led the Pack to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the 10th time in her tenure. NC State was once again ranked in the top-25 the entire season. Yow has been very successful in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Her squads are 232-119 in 25 years of play in one of the toughest conferences in the country. NC State has reached the finals in 11 of the 25 ACC Tournaments and captured the league title in 1980, 1985, 1987, and 1991. The Wolfpack also won the regular season ACC title in 1978, 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1990. The 1991-92 team was a high-powered offensive team, setting 13 team records, including the highest scoring average ever by a Wolfpack squad, netting an average of 91.0 points in 33 games. In her 27 years at the helm of the Wolfpack program, Yow has produced a number of great players, including 12 All-Americans and 38 All-ACC selections. In 1999, Summer Erb became the second player in the history of the program to be named the ACC Player of the Year. Numerous Wolfpack players have competed on international squads, including the U.S. Select team, Pan American, World University, and the Jones Cup. Eight of her former players have advanced to compete in the WNBA. The Wolfpack were represented by four former players in the 2001 WNBA Finals. In 2002, Coach Yow received the Star Award from the Women's Center of Wake County. The award was presented to her by last year's recipient, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. The award is given to recognize the achievements of individuals in the corporate community whose actions have made a positive impact on the lives of women and their families in the community.

    Yow Career Highlights
    * Recorded first win at NC State, 68-64 vs Charleston, Jan.10, 1976 * Won school's first ACC game, 84-82 against Clemson, Jan. 27, 1976 * In the ACC's first year, NC State claimed the league title in 1978 * Recorded 100th victory at NC State with 98-764 win over Mississippi * Won first ACC Championship in 1980 * Played in first NCAA game, defeating Northwestern 75-71 March 13, 1982 * Won 100th ACC game with 62-61 victory over Wake Forest, Feb. 18, 1988 * Earned 500th career win with 68-63 victory over Georgia Tech, Jan. 15, 1996 * Directed the Pack to its first NCAA Final Four appearance, March 27, 1998 * Won 500th game at NC State in a 66-57 decision over New Hampshire, making her the third coach to reach such a milestone, Dec. 28, 1998 * Became the second coach to reach 200 ACC victories with an 85-60 win at Wake Forest, Jan. 24, 1999 * Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, June 10, 2000 * Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Sept. 27, 2002 * Will have coached 900 career games, Dec. 7, 2002 * Has 19, 20-win seasons, 7th in the NCAA * Coached 31 seasons at the Division I level, third in the NCAA * Currently has four former players in the WNBA

     

     

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