Jan. 15, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. - Off to a 2-1 start in Atlantic Coast Conference play, the No. 20 NC State women's basketball team (15-2, 2-1 ACC) returns to action on Thursday night when No. 17 Florida State comes to town. The Wolfpack and Seminoles will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum at 7 p.m.
Thursday's game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with James Alverson (play-by-play) and Wolfpack legend Chasity Melvin (color) calling the action. Fans can also tune in on WKNC 88.1 FM to catch the radio broadcast from Patrick Kinas and Rachel Stockdale.
A WIN ON THURSDAY WOULD...
-Be the 792nd win in program history
-Be the 574th win of Wes Moore's head coaching career
-Be the program's 310th ACC win
-Be NC State's 27th win over Florida State (40th meeting)
-Be NC State's 14th home win over Florida State (20th game)
-Be NC State's 11th straight home win dating back to the end of the 2012-13 season
SCOUTING THE SEMINOLES
-Florida State enters Thursday's game ranked 17th in the AP poll and 18th in the USA Today poll.
-The Seminoles are the owners of a 14-2 record which includes a 2-1 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference games.
-To this point in conference play, FSU has defeated Pittsburgh (78-69) and Miami (68-63) while losing to North Carolina (65-61).
-FSU is led in scoring by the dangerous trio of Natasha Howard (17.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg), Morgan Jones (14.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg), and Brittany Brown (10.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg).
-Allowing opponents to shoot just 33.8 percent from the field, Florida State's defense ranks 11th in the country and third in the ACC.
NC STATE - FLORIDA STATE SERIES HISTORY
-Thursday's game will mark the 40th all-time meeting between NC State and Florida State.
-NC State holds a 26-13 lead in the all-time series.
-In 19 meetings at Reynolds Coliseum, NC State has won 13 and lost six.
-The Wolfpack has won two of its last three meetings with the Seminoles.
-NC State last beat Florida State in Raleigh on Feb. 5, 2007.
SHUTTING THEM DOWN
In the Jan. 12 win at Wake Forest, NC State faced off against two of the top scorers in the ACC, Dearica Hamby and Chelsea Douglas. Heading into the game, the pair was averaging a combined 40.1 points per game. NC State limited this duo to just 23 points in the win.
NC State has not once lost when taking a lead into halftime during the 2013-14 season. The Wolfpack is a perfect 14-0 in these games.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES
In the first half of its win at Wake Forest on Jan. 12, NC State shot 6-23 (26.1 percent) from the field. The Pack nearly doubled this shooting percentage in the final 20 minutes of the game, going 14-29 (48.3 percent) to close out the contest.
BALANCED SCORING = WINS
In 16 games this season, three or more NC State student-athletes have scored in double figures. The Pack is 14-2 in these contests.
When NC State takes better care of the ball than its opponents (commits less turnovers), the Wolfpack is a perfect 11-0 this season.
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 412-121 (.773) in 39+ seasons in the historic facility.
As of games played Jan. 12, NC State's RPI checked in at 21st in the country. Five of NC State's wins have come against teams ranked in the top 100 (St. Bonaventure, UCLA, Northwestern, LSU, Syracuse).
A CAREER WORTH HONORING
Senior Kody Burke has been a mainstay with the NC State women's basketball program over the past four years. On Jan. 9 at No. 13 North Carolina, Burke earned her 100th career start in her 115th career game. Marissa Kastanek, a 2013 graduate, holds the program record with 133 career appearances.
Junior point guard Len'Nique Brown is a mere one point away from 500 in her career. Averaging 5.7 points per game throughout her career, the native of San Antonio, Texas, is averaging 7.5 points per outing this season.