Feb. 12, 2014
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CLEMSON, S.C. - The No. 10 NC State women's basketball team (21-3, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) returns to action on Thursday afternoon, as the Wolfpack prepares to take on the Clemson Tigers at 3 p.m.
Thursday's game was initially scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., but due to the severe weather in the mid-Atlantic states, the tip-off time was moved up to 3 p.m. Because of this change, the contest will no longer be aired on regional networks around the country.
Fans looking to follow the action live can listen to Patrick Kinas and Rachel Stockdale on WKNC 88.1 FM and GoPack All-Access.
A WIN ON THURSDAY WOULD...
-Be the 798th win in program history
-Be the 580th win of Wes Moore's head coaching career
-Be the program's 316th ACC win
-Be NC State's fifth straight win over Clemson
-Be NC State's sixth straight regular-season ACC win, something which was last accomplished during the 2003-04 season
-Be NC State's sixth road win of the season (eighth game)
-Be NC State's 53rd win over Clemson (83rd meeting)
-Mark the 14th season in program history during which an NC State team has achieved at least 22 wins
-Mark the best start to a season through 25 games since the 1977-78 team began the year 24-1.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
-Clemson enters Thursday's game the owner of an 11-14 record which includes a 3-8 mark in ACC play.
-The Tigers have lost three straight games, falling to Virginia, Duke, and Maryland in their last three contests.
-Nikki Dixon leads the way offensively for Clemson, averaging 13.9 points per game.
-Clemson's offense ranks 297th in the country at an average scoring output of 59.9 points per game.
NC STATE - CLEMSON SERIES HISTORY
-Thursday's game will mark the 83rd all-time meeting between NC State and Clemson.
-NC State holds a 52-30 lead in the series.
-The Wolfpack has won the last four meetings in the series.
-NC State is 14-18 in 32 prior meetings at Littlejohn Coliseum.
-The series between NC State and Clemson began on Dec. 11, 1976.
A SEASON TO REMEMBER
At 21-3, NC State is off to its best start since the 1981-82 team began the season with an identical mark.
As of the most recent NCAA statistical rankings release, NC State senior center Markeisha Gatling remains the holder of the best shooting percentage in the country at 69.4 percent from the field. Gatling's success rate from the field is 6.2 percent higher than the closest shooter.
As a team, NC State's mark of 46.7 percent from the field ranks 10th in the country and fourth in the ACC.
INCREDIBLE BALL MOVEMENT
NC State has been moving the ball very well this season. The Wolfpack averages 18.8 assists per game, a mark which ranks seventh in the country and third in the ACC as of the most recent NCAA statistics release.
WES IS MOORE
Currently in his 25th season as a head coach, Wes Moore's teams have won 20+ games 21 times.
Part of State's success this season has been a result of halftime adjustments made by head coach Wes Moore. In the time from the beginning of the second half to the first media stoppage of the same stanza, the Pack is outscoring its opponents 215-159.
Clemson is a familiar place for associate head coach Nikki (Blassingame) West. The native of Seneca, S.C., was an All-ACC performer for Clemson from 1995-99 and helped lead the Tigers to four NCAA Tournament appearances.
WADE WATCH LIST
In the midst of a terrific senior season, center Markeisha Gatling was named to the Wade Watch List on Feb. 10. The Wade Trophy is presented annually to the best women's basketball player in NCAA's Division I.
WOLFPACK FOR THREE
NC State has been very successful shooting from beyond the arc during the 2013-14 season. The Wolfpack averages 7.86 three-point field goals made per game, a mark which ranks 34th in the entire NCAA and second in the ACC.
On five separate occasions this season, State has made 10 or more three-point field goals in a single game. The Pack is on pace to break the best single-season mark in program history (205 made three-pointers) set during the 2011-12 season.
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 7.6 more points per game, collecting 0.4 more rebounds per game, and shooting 11.7 percent higher.
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.