NC State (11-14, 3-7 ACC)
Wake Forest (18-6, 5-5 ACC)
GAME DAY CENTRAL
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum (14,665)
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
Radio: WKNC 88.1 FM (Raleigh), WRMT 1490 AM (Rocky Mount) & WCIE 1450 AM (Fayetteville)
Talent: Patrick Kinas and Robin Pate
XM Radio: None
Web Audio: www.GoPack.com
All-time series record: NC State leads 57-7
Last Meeting: NC State 59, Wake Forest 51, 2/12/09 in Raleigh, N.C.
Next game: vs.No. 8/7 North Carolina
Monday, February 23, Raleigh, N.C., 7 p.m. (RSN)
Wolfpack Fast Breaks...
NC State leads 57-7 in all-time series vs. Wake; 24-4 in Winston-Salem
Pack is 3-2 in last five games; Trailed by at least seven points in all three wins
NC State has lost six games this season by six points or less
NC State leads the ACC with only 15.4 turnovers per game
Tia Bell tied a school record with eight blocks Sunday vs. Virginia
Shayla Fields (18.0 ppg) is top scoring Wolfpacker in 10 years
Fields leads ACC in minutes; Has played 14 full games, Avg. 40.4 min. in ACC
Fields and Gartrell are top scoring backcourt duo in ACC
Bonae Holston is averaging 12.1 points, 7.0 rebounds in ACC games
NC State has held 91 of its last 94 opponents to less than 50% shooting
Wolfpack is one of three ACC schools with 700 all-time wins. (UNC and UVa)
Shayla Fields became 25th Wolfpacker to score 1,000 points vs. Ole Miss
Holston Named ACC Co-Rookie of the Week
Bonae Holston earned her first Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week honor on Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference sharing the honor with Florida State’s Cierra Bravard.
Holston continued her stellar play in the ACC this past week by averaging 16.0 points (60-percent FG shooting), 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in leading NC State to a 2-0 mark.
The rookie from Newport News, Va., began the week with 20 points (9-for-14 FG), three boards, two steals and two blocks in a come-from-behind 59-51 win over Wake Forest on Thursday. Holston then followed that performance with a 12-point, seven-rebound effort, adding three steals, in another comeback victory over No. 17 Virginia, 60-54, on Sunday during NC State’s Hoops 4 Hope game.
The Wolfpack trailed by 11 points at halftime against Wake Forest and was behind by nine points with 13:47 left in the second half against Virginia.
Holston is fourth on the club in both scoring at 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and leads the team in field goal shooting at 50.8 percent (91-for-179).
The first-year forward has been even more productive in league play, averaging 12.1 points, 7.0 boards per game and is shooting 51.0 percent from the field. Among freshmen, she is second in both scoring and rebounding in ACC contests.
Ain't Nothing But a "Block" Party
NC State sophomore forward Tia Bell tied a school record that stood since 1979 when she blocked eight shots Sunday in the 60-54 win over No. 17 Virginia.
The Washington, D.C., who by halftime already had seven swats, tied Genia Beasley's record that was set Jan. 29, 1979 against North Carolina.
Bell is fourth in the ACC and in the top-50 nationally with 2.0 blocks per game.
Wolfpack Upsets No. 17 Virginia At Hoops 4 Hope Game
North Carolina State honored Kay Yow once more in the annual game that meant so much to its Hall of Fame coach.
Shayla Fields scored 19 points Sunday to help the Wolfpack beat No. 17 Virginia 60-54 in the emotional ``Hoops 4 Hope'' game, an event designed to raise money and awareness for the disease that ultimately took Yow's life.
Nikitta Gartrell added 15 points for NC State, which took control midway through the second half of the fourth ``Hope'' game. Inspired by Yow, the event raises research money and awareness about breast cancer.
NC State played tough defense all day against the Cavaliers, holding them to 36 percent shooting while Tia Bell tied a 30-year-old school record with eight blocked shots. The Wolfpack earned its first win against a ranked opponent since March 2007, though the players were focused on more than just their position in the ACC standings.
``This game was bigger than just a win or a loss for us,'' Fields said. ``It was about people and women in general who are fighting a deadly disease.''
N.C. State has won two straight following a 1-8 stretch that began when Yow had to leave the team in December due to extremely low energy. She later announced she would not return this season before being admitted to a hospital, where she spent about a week before her death Jan. 24.
As a result, ``Hoops 4 Hope'' took on added significance this year and was a sellout for the first time. It drew thousands of fans wearing pink - the color of breast cancer awareness - who participated in a silent auction of Wolfpack memorabilia or made donations to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. By the end of the day, the event had raised more than $91,000, far exceeding the previous high of about $44,000 in 2007.
In addition, about 250 breast cancer survivors gathered on the court at halftime - grouped by how long they've survived cancer - to give hope to those who are currently fighting the disease.
``Her goal for this game was they would leave her uplifted and have hope and feel great about the experience they had,'' said interim coach Stephanie Glance, an assistant to Yow for 15 years. ``It really was for Coach Yow about helping other people. She was willing to carry the banner only if it helped others. We're seeing the outpouring of that now.''
Like many cancer-awareness events going on across the country this weekend, there was plenty of pink on the court as well as in the stands. Virginia wore pink road uniforms, while the Wolfpack wore the pink-trimmed white uniforms bearing the name ``Yow'' on the back as they have since her death. And once again, Yow's seat sat empty on the Wolfpack bench, covered only by an N.C. State jersey.
``She would have been very proud of everything that happened today,'' said Virginia coach Debbie Ryan, who battled pancreatic cancer in 2000. ``She would have definitely reveled in everything that took place today. There is no doubt in my mind that this is what Kay fought for.''
Lyndra Littles scored 15 points to lead the Cavaliers, who trailed by 10 in the first half before using a 16-0 run spanning halftime to take a 38-29 lead with 13 1/2 minutes left. But the Wolfpack regrouped, getting some clutch shots late from Fields and Gartrell to go back in front.
The Wolfpack also held ACC leading scorer Monica Wright to 12 points on 4-for-17 shooting, almost 10 less than her average.
N.C. State pushed ahead for good with an 11-0 spurt, including a 3-pointer from Fields to tie it at 40 followed by the go-ahead layup from Bonae Holston and a pair of free throws from Fields. Gartrell chipped in a few minutes later by knocking down key jumpers on consecutive possessions, the second beating the shot block and giving N.C. State a 53-46 lead with 2:02 left. Virginia got no closer than five after that.
``I think the significance of this game lies in a team and a group of people who under very adverse circumstances have continued to persevere,'' Glance said. ``They didn't just throw the towel in. They believed we could do this.''
Nike Launches Kay Yow Collection
The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation, announces the launch of the Nike Kay Yow Collection. Nike, a founding partner of the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, has created a special collection of footwear, apparel and equipment to contribute to the Fund while bringing awareness to the fight against cancer.
The Kay Yow Collection was made available at www.NikeStore.com beginning February 5, 2009. Beginning February 9, 2009, the collection will also be available at Niketown locations in Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and San Francisco; Dick’s Sporting Goods in North Carolina; Foot Locker House of Hoops locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York; and www.Eastbay.com.
Pink Is Our Favorite Color
NC State is expected to play the remainder of the season with its "pink" jerseys. Against Boston College the Pack unvieled its latest Nike uniform, a white jersey with pink trim down the sides and a red NC State logo across the chest. A heart with the word Yow has also been added to all Wolfpack uniforms for the remainder of the year. The Wolfpack may also wear its all pink jersey that they fashioned last season on the road.
Date Changes For Both Wake Forest Games
Both games with Wake Forest have had date changes stemming from the missed game on Jan. 26 when the Wolfpack and Demon Deacons chose not to play that evening, two days removed from Coach Yow's passing. The Pack will now host Wake on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. - game was supposed to be played a week later on Feb. 19. The two teams will then play five days later in Winston-Salem on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum.
ESPN Classic Tribute To Coach Yow
ESPN Classic payed tribute to Coach Yow’s legacy on Feb. 16 from 1:30 7:30 p.m., including three games from her NCAA Tournament appearances: 1998 NCAA Women's Tournament, East Regional Semifinal - NC State vs. Old Dominion (1:30 p.m.); 1998 NCAA Women's Tournament, East Regional Final - NC State vs. Connecticut (3:30 p.m.) and 2007 NCAA Women's Tournament, second round - Baylor vs. NC State (5:30 p.m.).
Slow Start Dooms Pack at Georgia Tech
Sasha Goodlett scored a career-high 20 points in leading Georgia Tech to a 67-54 victory over NC State on Sunday, Feb. 8 from Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Sharnise Beal (14 points), Shayla Fields (14 points) and Nikitta Gartrell (11 points) each scored in double figures for NC State.
Georgia Tech focused all game long on pounding the ball into the paint and that paid off by scoring 36 points from close range 10 more than the Pack. Along with Goodlett’s game-best 20, Iasia Hemingway scored 12 and Alex Montgomery had 11 for Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets held a double figure lead for nearly the entire second half. A Fields free throw cut the Wolfpack’s deficit to 32-25 at the 17:24 mark, but were never able to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit. A sluggish beginning to the game saw the Pack fall behind early trailed 30-20 at intermission.
NC State missed 13 of its first 16 shots and would go on to shoot 28.1 percent in the first half. Though Georgia Tech wasn’t much better at 35.5 from the field, the Jackets converted 8-of-11 attempts from the free throw line to maintain their advantage throughout the opening 20 minutes.
Maryland Shoots Down Wolfpack 87-66
The 13th-ranked Terrapins shot 70 percent in the first half and cruised past NC State 87-66 Thursday, Feb. 5. Shayla Fields notched her ninth 20-point game of the season with 24 for the Wolfpack and Sharnice Beal had 19.
It had been 35 games since an opponent shot 50.0 percent against the Pack when Virginia did so Feb. 1, 2008. Maryland's 56.7 percent shooting clip was the best for a Pack opponent since Miami went for 58-percent on Feb. 14, 2005, however, NC State still won 71-68 over the Hurricanes.
First ACC Win Comes at Virginia Tech
Shayla Fields scored 15 of her 19 points after halftime to fuel an NC State come-from-behind 57-46 win at Virginia Tech on Feb. 1 from Cassell Coliseum. The victory improves NC State to 10-0 all-time against Virginia Tech.
In gaining its first league win of the season, the Wolfpack shot 51.9 percent from the field after halftime. A 24-10 run broke open a 28-all score at the 15:41 mark of the second.
Sharnise Beal added 14 points for the Pack. Nikki Davis led Virginia Tech with 14. A Nikitta Gartrell layup gave the Pack a 30-28 lead at the 14:21 mark of second half the clubs first lead since it was 11-10 with 8:40 left in the opening stanza. The lead grew to 42-34 after a shot clock-beating three-pointer from 25 feet by Fields with 8:16 left. The Hokies never got closer than six points.
Wolfpack Treated To Special Performance
Musician Damien Horne, who has teamed up with the ACC for a theme song for women’s hoops called “She Can Play,” performed for the entire Wolfpack women's team after its win over the Hokies.
Before boarding the bus and about the same time Jennifer Hudson was singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Horne pulled the team off the bus to give them a private performance of the title track of his latest album “Somebody’s Hero.”
He told the team that he dedicated the song to Coach Yow and it was really moving as he bellowed out an acoustic version of the song in the hallway of the coliseum. Many players exchanged hugs with the guitar player for a copy of his new album.
He is expected to be at our game against North Carolina on Feb. 23 so keep up-to-date with GoPack.com on information on a performance by Damien Horne on our campus.
The Show Goes On...
NC State played its first game since the passing of its coach Kay Yow on Jan. 29 falling 62-51 to Boston College in Raleigh. The Wolfpack got behind 50-19 early in the second half, but was able to muster up a 24-4 run and hold the Eagles scoreless for a seven minute stretch that cut the lead down to single digits in the final minute.
A mostly pink-cladded crowd of over 4,000 cheered on its Wolfpack during an emotional evening at Kay Yow Court. Having only practiced the two days leading up to the game, the Pack showed a bit of rust the first 25 minutes. Not to mention coming back just days removed from the passing of its Hall of Fame coach, it was a recipe for a slow start. But once the shots starting falling, the crowd roared behind every play as NC State donned its latest "pink" jersey with Yow scripted across each player's back.
It may not have been the outcome the Wolfpack was looking for, but it was sure nice to get back to some sense of normalcy - if only for a few hours that night.
Shayla Fields led the way with 17 points, while Nikitta Gartrell recorded her second career-double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Miami's Early Lead, FT's Hold Off Late Rally By NC State
Miami jumped out to a 17-4 lead and the league's worst free throw shooting team shot 90 percent (26-29) for the game in a 72-60 win over NC State on Jan 22.
Leading scorer Shayla Fields was limited to just one point in the first half and seven for the entire game. Freshman Bonae Holston continued her stellar play of late with a third double-double in four games with a game highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds.
NC State fought and clawed to stay in the game during the second stanza. Brittany Strachan hit a big shot from beyond the arc to cut the lead under double digits for the first time since the 10:46 mark of the first half. On the next possession a put back from Holston got NC State within six, 53-47, with 7:06 to play.
After the under eight minute media timeout, Holston went to work again drawing a foul and converting both from the stripe to get it down to four, 53-49 and it was any one’s game with just over six minutes left.
But the Hurricanes did the job down the stretch at the line, converting six in a row, and another bucket and the lead stretched back to 61-51.
Holston Notches 3 ACC Double-Doubles
Freshman Bonae Holston has been a key figure for the Wolfpack in ACC play, averaging 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. She has scored at least 20 points twice, including 20 against Wake Forest on Feb. 12.
At Miami, Holston scored a season-high 23 and hauled in 12 rebounds. She shot 9-of-14 from the field and was dominate down in the low block all game long in 31 minutes of playing time.
Against No. 2 UNC she recorded 19 points and 15 rebounds for her first career double-double - marking the first by a freshman at NC State since Khadijah Whittington had 16 points and 13 rebounds against FSU on Feb. 17, 2005.
It was also the most points by a freshman in an ACC debut since Liz Bailey struck for 20 points off the bench in a 61-47 win over Wake Forest on Dec. 30, 2001.
Holston added 13 points and 10 boards against Florida State on Jan. 15.
Pack Takes Second Top-Five Team To OT in Eight Day Span
Despite a fourth straight loss, this time to No. 4 Duke, 61-58, on Jan. 19, it marked the second time in eight days that NC State has taken a top-five ranked team into overtime. The Pack lost 75-66 to No. 2 North Carolina on Jan. 11 in Chapel Hill.
Throw in a five-point, 64-59, loss to Florida State on Jan. 15, who at the time was knocking on the door of the top-25 and has since climbed into the national rankings, the Wolfpack has played three of the ACC's elite teams to the wire.
Pushing No. 2 UNC Into Overtime
The Wolfpack displayed a heroic effort in a 75-66 overtime loss at No. 2-ranked North Carolina on January 11 in the first game since Coach Yow announced she was stepping down for the remainder of the season. NC State led for a majority of the final 14 minutes of the second half and was up five with five minutes to play in regulation. Later a jumper by Sharnise Beal tied it up 59-all with 51 seconds left, sending the game into an extra session. In OT, UNC scored the first 10 points and went on to victory.
3-Pronged Perimeter Scoring Punch
Senior Shayla Fields and juniors Nikitta Gartrell and Sharnise Beal have become a formidable scoring trio from the perimeter this season - all three are averaging double figures in scoring.
Fields leads the Pack and is second in the ACC at 18.0 points per game, while Beal is averaging 11.4 ppg and Gartrell is chipping in 10.6 ppg.
Bench Providing Big Lift For NC State
The Wolfpack bench that is basically made up of Bonae Holston, Brittany Strachan and Tia Bell, are contributing 18.2 points per game in ACC contests. That figure is well above the 13.6 point per game average in non-conference games this season.
When Coach Yow stepped down for the remainder of the season, Stephanie Glance was named interim head coach, the same role she took over in 2006-07, posting a 10-6 record while Yow missed 16 games.
Kristen Gillespie has been elevated to an assistant coach after serving as an assistant to head coach Kay Yow for the last two seasons. Gillespie played at NC State from 1996-99 and was the point guard on the 1998 Final Four team.
Valuing the Basketball
NC State has done a nice job of limiting turnovers so far this season, ranking first in the ACC with just 15.4 turnovers per game. That figure ranks 36th nationally.
Fields Top Scorer in a Decade
Senior Shayla Fields 18.0 scoring average is the highest for the Wolfpack since Summer Erb averaged 21.5 ppg in 1998-99.
Ironwomen Lead ACC in Minutes Played
Shayla Fields and Nikitta Gartrell rank first and second in minutes played this season in the ACC. Fields leads at 38.4 minutes per game as she has played 13 full games, while Gartrell is averagin 35.0 minutes and has gone the distance four times so far.