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    Hoops 4 Hope: No. 10 NC State Hosts No. 17 UNC Sunday
     
     

    Feb. 15, 2014

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    RALEIGH, N.C. – In the midst of a very impressive 2013-14 season, the No. 10 NC State women’s basketball team (22-3, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) returns to action at home this Sunday afternoon to take on No. 17 North Carolina. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

    Sunday’s game will serve as NC State’s ninth annual Hoops 4 Hope game (presented by Rex Healthcare), a Play 4Kay breast cancer awareness event. Five dollars from every ticket sold will go directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a group which has raised $2.6 million for scientific research and related programs focused on women’s cancers.  Since 2008, NC State has raised more than $160,000 to support breast cancer research and related projects.

    Fans who cannot attend Sunday’s game can watch it live on ESPN2. Patrick Kinas and Rachel Stockdale will also have the call live on WKNC 88.1 FM. In recognition of the special event, the radio pre-game show will begin 30 minutes prior to tip-off.

    LAST GAME

    Kody Burke was clutch in OT on Thursday, scoring six points on 3-4 shooting.


     

     

    A WIN ON SUNDAY WOULD...
    -Be the 799th win in program history
    -Be the 581st win of Wes Moore’s head coaching career
    -Be the program’s 317th ACC win
    -Be NC State’s 52nd win over North Carolina (98th meeting)
    -Be NC State’s seventh straight regular-season ACC win, some­thing which was last accomplished during the 2000-01 season
    -Be NC State’s 14th home win of the season (14th game)
    -Mark the 13th season in program history during which an NC State team has achieved at least 23 wins
    -Continue the best start to a season through 26 games since the 1981-82 team began the year 23-3

    SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS
    -North Carolina enters Sunday’s game ranked No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the USA Today poll.
    -The Tar Heels are the owners of a 19-6 record which includes a 7-4 mark in ACC play.
    -North Carolina has won two straight games, winning at nationally-ranked Duke on Feb. 10 and at home against Pittsburgh on Feb. 13.
    -The Tar Heels have two of the top-16 scorers in the conference in Diamond DeShields (17.5 ppg) and Allisha Gray (14.9 ppg).
    -North Carolina boasts the eighth highest scoring offense in the country at 84.2 points per game.
    -The Tar Heels have the 10th best field goal percentage defense in the country, allowing opponents to shoot just 34.9 percent from the field.

    NC STATE - NORTH CAROLINA SERIES HISTORY
    -Sunday’s game will mark the 98th all-time meeting between NC State and North Carolina.
    -NC State holds a 51-46 edge in the series.
    -North Carolina has won the last five meetings between the two schools.
    -The teams first met on Jan. 13, 1975.
     -NC State is 25-13 in 38 prior meetings with the Tar Heels within Reynolds Coliseum.

    HOOPS 4 HOPE PRESENTED BY REX
    Sunday, Feb. 16 marks the ninth annual Hoops 4 Hope game at Reynolds Coliseum. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and will see $5 from every ticket sold go directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

    THE ELITE 800 CLUB
    NC State is just two wins away from 800 in program history. Once the Wolfpack reaches the 800-win mark, it will be just the 29th program in the history of NCAA Division I women’s basketball to do so.

    A SEASON TO REMEMBER
    At 22-3, NC State is off to its best start since the 1981-82 team began the season with an identical mark.

    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 416-121 (.776) in 39+ seasons in the historic facility.

    HOME DOMINANCE
    On Feb. 6 vs. Wake Forest, NC State picked up its 13th home win of the season. This ties for the third most home wins achieved in a single campaign. The 1981-82 team set the program standard, going 17-3 at Reynolds Coliseum.

    KEEP WATCHING HER
    In the midst of a terrific senior season, center Markeisha Gatling was named to the Wade Watch List on Feb. 10. Just two days later, she was then named to the Naismith Midseason Top 30 List on Feb. 12. Each of these awards is given to the top player in NCAA Division I basketball at the end of the season.

    ACCURATE SHOOTING
    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 68.9 percent from the field. Gatling’s success rate from the field is 5.5 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.

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