NC State (12-15, 4-8 ACC)
Clemson (13-15, 2-11 ACC)
GAME DAY CENTRAL
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Reynolds Coliseum (8,560)
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
Radio: WKNC 88.1 FM (Raleigh), WRMT 1490 AM (Rocky Mount) & WCIE 1450 AM (Fayetteville)
Talent: Patrick Kinas and Demar Bonnemere
XM Radio: None
Web Audio: www.GoPack.com
All-time series record: NC State leads 46-28
Last Meeting: Clemson 65, NC State 60 (OT), 3/6/08 in Greensboro, N.C. (ACC Tournament)
Next game: at Boston College
Sunday, March 1, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 2 p.m. (ACCSelect)
Wolfpack Fast Breaks...
NC State leads 46-28 in all-time series vs. Clemson; 22-6 at home
Pack has trailed by at least seven points in all four ACC wins
NC State has lost six games this season by six points or less
NC State leads the ACC with only 15.3 turnovers per game
Tia Bell tied a school record with eight blocks vs. UVa (16 over last 3 games)
Shayla Fields (17.7 ppg) is top scoring Wolfpacker in 10 years
Fields leads ACC in minutes; Has played 15 full games, Avg. 40.8 min. in ACC
Fields and Gartrell are top scoring backcourt duo in ACC
Bonae Holston is averaging 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds in ACC games
NC State has held 93 of its last 96 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 ACC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week on Feb. 16 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).
Ain't Nothing But a "Block" Party
NC State sophomore forward Tia Bell has 16 blocks over the last three games, including a school-record tying eight shots Sunday in the 60-54 win over No. 17 Virginia on Feb. 15. The native of Washington, D.C., tied Genia Beasley's record that was set Jan. 29, 1979 against North Carolina. Bell is third in the ACC and 30th nationally with 2.2 blocks per game.
Gartrell On Top Of Her Game
Junior guard Nikitta Gartrell is averaging 15.7 points and 4.3 rebounds over the last three games. She scored a career-high 22 points against Wake Forest on Feb. 17 after banking in a three-pointer to send the game into overtime and then buried the game-winning three-pointer with six seconds left - sending the Wolfpack to its third straight victory.
Gartrell had 15 points and five rebounds in the win over No. 17 Virginia on Feb. 15 in the Hoops 4 Hope game and added 10 points against No. 9 UNC on Monday.
Four Different 20-Point Scorers
NC State has had four different players score at least 20 points in a game this season. Shayla Fields has done so 10 times, including a career-high 33 points against Charlotte on Feb. 16.
Sharnise Beal and Bonae Holston have each done it twice, while Nikitta Gartrell scored 22 points at Wake Forest on Feb. 17.
NC State Defense Can't Hold UNC
No. 9 North Carolina shot over 56-percent in the first half and had five players in double figures scoring in a 74-57 win over NC State on Monday.
Freshman Bonae Holston led the Pack with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Shayla Fields (13 points), Sharnise Beal (11 points) and Nikitta Gartrell (10 points) each scored in double digits.
The Wolfpack pulled down 21 offensive rebounds, but shot just 30.6 percent from the field in the loss.
Fields Top Scorer in a Decade
Senior Shayla Fields' 17.7 ppg scoring average is the highest by a Wolfpack player since Summer Erb averaged 21.5 ppg in 1998-99.
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 third in the ACC at 17.7 points per game, while Beal is averaging 11.5 ppg and Gartrell is chipping in 11.0 ppg.
Holston A Top ACC Rookie
Freshman Bonae Holston has been a key figure for the Wolfpack in league play, averaging 11.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in ACC action. Among freshmen in league play, she is the third leading scorer and second-leading rebounder.
She has scored in double figures seven of 12 ACC games and notched 20 or more 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 also had a double-double against Florida State with 13 points and 10 boards on Jan. 15. and struck for 15 points and seven rebounds against No. 9 North Carolina on Feb. 23.
With Coach Yow stepping down for the remainder of the season, Stephanie Glance has been 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 15.3 turnovers per game. That figure ranks 40th nationally.
Wolfpack Takes Down Wake In Overtime
The longer the game went on, the better Nikitta Gartrell became as she sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer and came back with another, this time the game winner, with 6.3 seconds left in the extra session for a miraculous 65-63 victory over Wake Forest Tuesday from Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Gartrell led all scorers with a career-high 22 points. Shayla Fields added 15 points and Sharnise Beal tossed in 14. Tia Bell had six blocks after tying a school record with eight against Virginia on Feb. 15.
Three free throws by Wake Forest’s Brooke Thomas in the final 24 seconds of regulation gave Wake Forest at 54-51 lead, but she missed her last attempt from the charity stripe and that left the door slightly open for the Wolfpack. Gartrell promptly took advantage of the opportunity by banking in a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to send the game into an extra session.
Gartrell again struck at the same point on the floor in overtime, but instead of a bank shot, her three ball caromed off the rim twice before falling threw the net to give the Pack a 60-57 lead with 3:21 to go.
Alex Tchangoue then went to work for Wake Forest in overtime, canning a pair of three-pointers on consecutive possessions to take a 63-62 lead, but that just set up the final heroics for Gartrell.
After a miss by Thomas, Bonae Holston hauled in the carom, passed it along to Fields and she new who had the hot hand, finding Gartrell and she pulled up once again from beyond the arc and buried the game’s deciding shot.
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.
``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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fields Top Scorer in a Decade
Senior Shayla Fields 17.7 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 38.7 minutes per game as she has played 15 full games, while Gartrell is averagin 35.2 minutes and has gone the distance four times so far.