Jan. 3, 2014
Game 15 - No. 20 Syracuse | Gametracker | ESPN3
RALEIGH, N.C. – Currently on a seven-game winning streak and having received votes in both the AP and USA Today top-25 polls for the last two weeks, the NC State women’s basketball team (13-1) hosts No. 20 Syracuse Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
Sunday’s tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Additionally, fans can find the radio broadcast of Patrick Kinas and Rachel Stockdale on WKNC 88.1 FM.
In order to complete scheduled utility work, a portion of Hillsborough Street will be closed to through traffic beginning Dec. 19 and lasting through a projected date of Jan. 5.
A two-block stretch on Hillsborough Street will be closed by this construction: from Dixie Trail to Concord Street.
Fans and members of the media are encouraged to use the 440 Beltline, exit at Western Boulevard, and then turn left at Dan Allen Drive to enter campus.
Also, due to gate construction repair, Stinson Drive will be closed at the info booth throughout the weekend (Jan. 4-5).
A WIN ON SUNDAY WOULD...
-Be the 790th win in program history
-Be the 572nd win of Wes Moore’s head coaching career
-Be the program’s 412th win at Reynolds Coliseum (533rd game)
-Be the program’s 308th ACC win
-Be NC State’s eighth straight win, a streak which was last achieved during the 2000-01 season
-Be NC State’s third win over Syracuse (third meeting)
-Be NC State’s second win over a ranked foe this season (LSU)
-Mark NC State’s best start to a season since the 1999-00 team began the year 14-0
SCOUTING THE ORANGE
-Syracuse enters Sunday’s game the owner of an 11-2 record.
-The Orange will be playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time, with Sunday’s game being its conference opener.
-Syracuse is currently ranked 20th in the latest AP poll and 24th in the most recent USA Today poll.
-The Orange boasts one of the top scoring offenses in the nation, ranking 18th in the country at 83.8 points per game.
-Syracuse’s only losses this season have come at current No. 22/23 Iowa and at No. 24/25 Arizona State.
-The Orange is led in scoring by Brittany Sykes’ 19.3 points per game.
-Syracuse has a Raleigh connection in the form of twin post players Briana and Bria Day. Both hail from the City of Oaks and attended Millbrook High School.
NC STATE - SYRACUSE SERIES HISTORY
-Sunday’s game will be the third all-time meeting between NC State and Syracuse and the first since Nov. 28, 1996.
-It will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams as an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
-NC State leads the all-time series, 2-0.
As of games played Jan. 2, NC State’s RPI checked in at 31st in the country. Four of NC State’s wins have come against teams ranked in the top 95 (St. Bonaventure, UCLA, Northwestern, LSU) and the Wolfpack’s only loss this season came at the hands of 10-3 Wright State, currently No. 59 in the rankings.
Part of what has made NC State so successful this season comes down to halftime adjustments made by Coach Moore. Through the first 14 games of the season, the Wolfpack has outscored its opponents by 52 points (135-83) between the halftime whistle and the first media stoppage of the second half.
INCREDIBLE BALL MOVEMENT
NC State has been moving the ball very well this season. The Wolfpack averages 19.1 assists per game, a mark which ranks 10th in the country and third in the ACC as of the most recent (Dec. 30) NCAA statistics release.
GETTING MO(O)RE OUT OF HIS PACK
New head coach Wes Moore has helped significantly increase the efficiency of NC State’s top five returners from the 2012-13 team. This season, each of the top five returners is averaging 2.2 more points per game, with all five seeing increases in their scoring averages from last season to this season. Markeisha Gatling’s change has been the most dramatic, as she’s scoring 6.5 more points per game this season than she did in 2012-13.
MGC FOR THREE
Senior guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman leads the team this season with 38 made three-point field goals. Her mark of 193 made three-point field goals ranks fifth in school history. A mark of 195 will see her move into fourth place all-time while hitting 231 in her career would rank her third in program history. Jennifer Howard (1993-97) ranks first in program history with 315.
With 1,299 career points, senior forward Kody Burke currently ranks 22nd in program history. She will move up the rankings upon achieving the following totals: 1,331 (21st), 1,336 (20th), 1,360 (19th), 1,363 (18th), 1,369 (17th), 1,494 (16th), and 1,510 (15th).
TOP 25 VOTES
Following State’s 89-79 win over No. 12 LSU on Dec. 20, the Wolfpack received a combined 34 votes in the Week Eight (Dec. 23) AP (22 votes) and USA Today (12) top-25 polls. The Pack remained in the polls for the second straight week in Week Nine (Dec. 30), collecting 27 votes in the AP poll and seven in the USA Today poll.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE REYNOLDS COLISEUM
Since the program’s first season in 1974-75, Reynolds Coliseum has served as a fortress for NC State. The Wolfpack has posted a home record of 411-121 (.772) in 39+ seasons in the historic facility.
As of the most recent NCAA statistical rankings release, NC State senior center Markeisha Gatling is the holder of the best shooting percentage in the country at 73.1 percent from the field.
As a team, NC State’s mark of 48.0 percent from the field ranks ninth in the country and fourth in the ACC.