Feb. 26, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 13 NC State women’s basketball team (23-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) returns to action this Thursday evening, traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers at Petersen Events Center.
Thursday’s game is the first meeting between the two programs as members of the ACC. The action will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Pack fans can also tune in on WKNC 88.1 FM to hear Patrick Kinas and Rachel Stockdale call the action.
Freshman Miah Spencer scored a career-high 17 points in State’s win over Virginia on Feb. 23.
A WIN ON THURSDAY WOULD...
-Be the 800th win in program history
-Be the 582nd win of Wes Moore’s head coaching career
-Be the program’s 318th ACC win
-Be NC State’s second win over Pittsburgh (third meeting)
-Be NC State first win at Pittsburgh (first meeting)
-Be NC State’s seventh road win of the season (ninth game)
-Mark the 12th season in program history during which an NC State team has achieved at least 24 wins
-Mark the 10th season in program history during which an NC State team has achieved at least 11 ACC wins
-Guarantee NC State a bye into the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament if it is paired with a UNC loss at Notre Dame.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
-Pittsburgh enters Thursday’s game the owner of an 11-17 record which includes a 3-11 mark in ACC play.
-The Panthers have lost six of their last seven games.
-Pittsburgh is led in scoring by Brianna Kiesel’s 16.6 points per game. She is joined in double figures by teammate Asia Logan (11.6 ppg).
-The Panthers take good care of the ball, committing a conference low 14.3 turnovers per game.
-Pittsburgh ranks last in the ACC in average rebounding margin, collecting 5.9 fewer boards per game than its opponents.
-The Panthers are coached by Suzie McConnell-Serio. She is in her first season at the helm of the program and owns a career NCAA head coaching record of 134-85. She also coached the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx from 2003-06.
NC STATE - PITTSBURGH SERIES HISTORY
-Thursday’s game will mark just the third all-time meeting between NC State and Pittsburgh.
-The all-time series is tied, 1-1.
-NC State has never played Pittsburgh on the road.
-The Wolfpack defeated the Panthers in Raleigh on Jan. 16, 1982, and lost to them on a neutral court in Cancun, Mexico, on Dec. 22, 2001.
ACC TOURNAMENT APPROACHES
The 2014 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be played in Greensboro from Wednesday, Mar. 5 to Sunday, Mar. 9. With a 10-4 record in Atlantic Coast Conference games, NC State has ensured that it will receive at least a bye into the second round (games played Thursday, Mar. 6) of the tournament.
THE ELITE 800 CLUB
NC State is just one win 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.
As of games played Feb. 23, NC State’s RPI checked in at 18th in the country. Ten of NC State’s wins have come against teams ranked in the top 100.
BURKE EARNS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
On Feb. 25, Kody Burke was named one of four NC State student-athletes to earn an ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarship. As a result of this, she will receive $5,000 towards her graduate education.
CLOSE IT OUT
Trailing by nine points with 6:53 left to play, NC State would end its Feb. 23 win over Virginia on a 16-5 run to ultimately defeat the Cavaliers by a final score of 68-66.
NC STATE - NOTRE DAME GAME TIME ADJUSTED
Due to heightened national interest in NC State’s Mar. 2 game against Notre Dame, ESPNU will be providing live “look ins” of the game on its station. Originally scheduled for 2 p.m., tip-off at Reynolds Coliseum has now been pushed back to 2:30 p.m.
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 second in program history with 191 blocks, 10th all-time in program history with 798 career rebounds, 14th in career scoring with 1,531 points, and tied for eighth with 127 games played.
Burke will claim sole possession of 13th place on the NC State scoring list upon scoring 1,539 career points, 12th upon reaching 1,554, 11th at 1,570, and 10th at 1,622.