Wolfpack Women Travel to Florida State
Jan. 16, 2002
Coach Kay Yow and the Wolfpack Women will head south for its first game out of the borders of North Carolina since mid-December when NC State (9-7, 3-2) faces Florida State (10-6, 1-4) on Thursday night. The 7:30 p.m. tipoff will be televised by the Sunshine Network.
Tonight's Matchup: Florida State is coming off a week break while NC State is facing a tough road test after back-to-back emotional games over archrivals North Carolina and Duke. Both close games, the Wolfpack upset # 17 UNC and lost a five-point decision to #7 Duke. Both teams are in need of a win in tonight's ACC clash. The Wolfpack struggled with five-straight non-conference losses early in the season and are 9-7 overall, yet 3-2 in conference play and ranked third in the ACC standings. However, the Pack need to improve its record in order to make its eighth straight NCAA appearance. FSU has fared better against non-conference opponents with a 10-6 overall record, but have struggled to a 1-4 mark in the ACC. The Seminoles are tied with Wake Forest for the bottom spot in the league standings and need a win tonight to work its way back to the middle of the pack in the ACC. While most teams seem to struggle away from their home court, that doesn't seem to be the case for the Wolfpack. In league games this season, NC State is 2-0 on the road and 1-2 at home. The Pack will face a more experienced squad in FSU. The Seminoles have two seniors and only one underclassmen in their starting lineup while NC State starts one senior (the lone senior on the roster) and three underclassmen. There are only two upperclassmen in NC State's top seven players. This is the second consecutive televised game for the Wolfpack. Tonight's matchup will be aired on the Sunshine Network. Tom Block will handle the play-by-play duties with Debbie Antonelli serving as analyst.
The Opponent: Florida State is coming off its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years, but has struggled early in conference play. The Seminoles are 10-6 overall, but only 1-4 in league games. Senior guard April Traylor, a third All-ACC selection a year ago, leads FSU with 15.5 points per outing. But the Seminoles have plenty of scoring punch with Tasheika Morris (14.9 ppg) and Shinikki Whiting (13.4 ppg). Morris and Whiting are also Florida State's top rebounders with averages of 5.9 and 5.0 respectively.
The Series: NC State holds a 16-4 leads in the series with the ACC's youngest member. A year ago, Florida State knocked off the nationally-ranked Wolfpack in Tallahassee 74-70 and NC State rolled to a 85-66 win in Raleigh later in the season. Prior to the Seminoles win in Tallahassee last year, the Pack had won 10 straight in the series. NC State is 7-2 in games played on FSU's home court.
Probable Wolfpack Starters: G - 30 Kendra Bell (5-5, freshman, 3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.8 apg) G - 14 Nanna Rivers (5-8, sophomore, 4.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.6 apg) C - 50 Kaayla Chones (6-3, r-sophomore, 11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg) F - 45 Talisha Scates (6-1, senior, 5.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg) F - 42 Amy Simpson (6-0, junior, 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
Probable Seminoles Starters: G - 4 Petra Hoffman (5-8, senior, 3.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg) G - 12 April Traylor (5-10, senior, 15.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg) C - 20 Katelyn Vujas (6-3, junior, 8.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg) C - 3 Shinikki Whiting (5-9, junior, 13.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg) F - 33 Tasheika Morris (6-0, sophomore, 14.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg)
The Coaches: Head Coach Kay Yow is in her 27th season on the Wolfpack bench and owns a 563-241 mark at NC State and a 620-260 overall record. She ranks fifth among active coaches for all-time wins and was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in June 2000. Yow has been named a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award for the previous two seasons. Sue Semrau has a 57-73 record in her fifth year on the Florida State bench. She was the 2001 ACC Coach of the Year after leading her team to a 19-12 record and NCAA Tournament berth.
Last Time Out: NC State dropped a 73-68 decision to #7 Duke Sunday night in Reynolds Coliseum. Blue Devil Alana Beard led all scorers with 23 points. Kaayla Chones led the Wolfpack with 17 points and eight rebounds. Rookie point guard Kendra Bell posted career highs of 11 points and six assists. Florida State lost its fourth straight game 77-73 at Wake Forest last Thursday. Tasheika Morris led four Seminoles in double figures with 19 points to go along with her 14 rebounds.
Next Up: NC State has a week off before traveling to Clemson next Thursday, Jan. 24, for its first matchup of the season with the Tigers.