Jan. 22, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Ranked for the third straight week in both the Associated Press and USA Today top-25 polls, the No. 23 NC State women’s basketball team (16-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) returns to action on Thursday night at home against Boston College. The Wolfpack and Eagles will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum at 7 p.m.
Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on GoPack All-Access. It will also be carried live on WKNC 88.1 FM, with Patrick Kinas and Rachel Stockdale calling the action.
The game against Boston College will serve as NC State’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. With a valid NC State ID, faculty and staff members will continue to get in free and can purchase $3 adult tickets for accompanying friends and family.
A WIN ON THURSDAY WOULD...
-Be the 793rd win in program history
-Be the 575th win of Wes Moore’s head coaching career
-Be the program’s 311th ACC win
-Be NC State’s 11th home win of the season
-Be NC State’s 11th win over Boston College (18th meeting)
-Be NC State’s sixth home win over Boston College (eighth game)
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
NC STATE - BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES HISTORY
-Boston College enters Thursday’s game the owner of an 11-8 record which includes a 2-3 mark in ACC play.
-The Eagles have defeated Miami and Virginia Tech in conference play and have lost to Notre Dame, Duke, and North Carolina.
-Boston College is one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the country, ranking 15th in the NCAA and second in ACC with a success rate of 76.3 percent.
-The Eagles have a strong three-point attack with Kelly Hughes (42.1 percent, second in ACC) and Nicole Boudreau (41.8 percent, third in ACC).
-Boston College is coached by Erik Johnson, who is in his second season at the helm of the program. The graduate of UC-San Diego has posted a career record of 95-79.
-Thursday’s game will mark the 18th all-time meeting between NC State and Boston College.
-NC State holds a 10-7 edge in the all-time series which has its roots in the 2005-06 season.
-State lost the last meeting between the two teams, but has won four of the last five contests.
IMPORTANT HOME STAND
Three of NC State’s next four games will be played within the friendly confines of Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack will host Boston College (Jan. 23), No. 6 Maryland (Jan. 30), and Wake Forest (Feb. 6). Only a trip to Georgia Tech (Jan. 26) will break up this stretch of home contests.
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 413-121 (.773) in 39+ seasons in the historic facility.
As of the most recent NCAA statistical rankings release (Jan. 20), NC State senior center Markeisha Gatling remains the holder of the best shooting percentage in the country at 69.1 percent from the field.
As a team, NC State’s mark of 46.7 percent from the field ranks 13th in the country and fifth in the ACC.
BURKE AND THE RECORD BOOK
Senior forward Kody Burke is climbing the NC State record book with every game she plays. Just the third California native to play for the Wolfpack, Burke ranks third in program history with 182 blocks, tied for 10th all-time in program history with 735 career rebounds, 17th in career scoring with 1,383 points, and just outside of the program’s top 10 with 118 games played.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Senior center Markeisha Gatling has improved nearly every aspect of her game from last season. In 2013-14, the Raleigh native is scoring 6.9 more points per game, collecting 0.5 more rebounds per game, shooting 11.4 percent better from the field, and succeeding 2.5 percent more often from the free-throw line.
HOOPS 4 HOPE PRESENTED BY REX
The ninth annual Hoops 4 Hope game is quickly approaching at Reynolds Coliseum. NC State will host nationally-ranked North Carolina on Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and will see $5 from every ticket sold go directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
THREE TOP-20 WINS
The 2013-14 season has already been one to remember for NC State. In the Wolfpack’s first 18 games, the team defeated three teams which were ranked in the AP top 20 at tip-off: No. 12 LSU, No. 20 Syracuse, and No. 17 Florida State.
NC State has not once lost when taking a lead into halftime during the 2013-14 season. The Wolfpack is a perfect 15-0 in these games.