NC State (13-15, 5-8 ACC)
Boston College (18-10, 6-7 ACC)
GAME DAY CENTRAL
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Conte Forum (8,606)
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Tip-off: 2 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: Channel 191
Web Audio: www.GoPack.com
All-time series record: NC State leads 4-3
Last Meeting: Boston College 62, NC State 51, 1/29/09 in Raleigh, N.C.
Next game: ACC Tournament
March 5-8, Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
Wolfpack Fast Breaks...
NC State leads 4-3 in the all-time series with BC; 2-1 on the road
Pack went 5-3 in February after going 0-6 in month of January
NC State has lost six games this season by six points or less
NC State leads the ACC with only 15.2 turnovers per game
Tia Bell tied a school record with eight blocks vs. Virginia (Feb. 15)
Shayla Fields (17.6 ppg) is top scoring Wolfpacker in 10 years
Fields leads ACC in minutes; Has played 15 full games, Avg. 40.5 min. in ACC
Fields and Gartrell are top scoring backcourt duo in ACC
Bonae Holston is averaging 12.8 points, 7.1 rebounds in ACC games
NC State has held 94 of its last 97 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
What's On The Line
NC State victory: No. 7 seed in ACC Tournament. The Wolfpack would be tied at 6-8 with Boston College, but the Pack's victory over Virginia is the best win among the two teams, breaking the tie.
NC State loss: No. 8 or 9 seed in ACC Tournament. The Wolfpack would fall to 5-9 in the ACC. A Wake Forest loss Sunday to Florida State would drop them to an identical 5-9 record, but the Pack's 2-0 record against the Deamon Deacons this season would give NC State the No. 8 seed for the second straight season.
Another Late Season Push For the Wolfpack
NC State has put together another of its patent late season runs by winning four of its last five games after starting out 1-7 in ACC contests. The club went 5-3 in February after posting a forgettable 0-6 mark in the month of January.
Last season, the Pack began the ACC season 0-4, but rallied by going 6-4 down the stretch and the year prior in 2007, the club won eight out of nine games to roll into the postseason.
Going back in recent years, the 2006 team won four of its last five regular season games, and both the 2004 and 2005 teams won six of their last seven games to close out the scheduled slate heading to the ACC Tournament.
Holston in Conversation for ACC Rookie of the Year
It can be argued that freshman Bonae Holston has been the Wolfpack's best player in ACC contests this season, averaging 12.8 points and a team-leading 7.1 rebounds per game. She also shoots a club best 52.1 percent from the field in league play.
Holston scored 13 straight NC State points Thursday night against Clemson in a 24-point, 10-rebound performance for her fourth double-double in ACC games.
The rookie from Newport News, Va., earned her first ACC Rookie of the Week honor on Feb. 16, and may well be on her way to second after also scoring 15 points earlier this week against No. 9 North Carolina
Against The ACC
* Among freshmen in ACC games, ranks first in scoring and second in rebounds.
* Scored in double figures in eight of 13 games; Scored 20+ points three times.
* Recorded four double-doubles in ACC play.
* Had 19 points and 15 rebounds in a 75-66-overtime loss at No. 2 UNC.
* Had 13 points and 10 rebounds against Florida State.
* Had 23 points and 14 rebounds at Miami.
* Scored 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a victory over Wake Forest.
* Had 15 points and seven rebounds Monday against No. 9 North Carolina.
* Season-high 24 points (10-14 FG shooting) and 10 boards Thur., vs. Clemson; Had 22 points in the second half alone.
ACC Honors Yow With Another Award
The ACC is establishing the Kay Yow Scholar-Athlete Award to honor the conference's top student-athlete among the league's women's basketball players.
The awards were established in 2007 to honor annually the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Nominees must maintain a 3.0 grade point average for their career and as well as a 3.0 in each of the last two semesters.
The Kay Yow Award will be presented at the ACC Tournament next week in Greensboro, N.C.
Ain't Nothing But a "Block" Party
NC State sophomore forward Tia Bell tied a school-record with eight blocks 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 40th nationally with 2.1 blocks per game.
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.
Bonae Holston has turned the trick three times, while Sharnise Beal has done it twice and Nikitta Gartrell scored 22 points at Wake Forest on Feb. 17.
Freshman Shines On Senior Night
On senior night freshman Bonae Holston shined brightest for NC State in a 69-43 victory over Clemson Thursday in the final game of the season at Reynolds Coliseum.
Shayla Fields scored 16 points and had a career-high seven assists in her final game on Kay Yow Court.
But Holston put on a clinic. The Newport News, Va., native looked nearly unstoppable at both ends of the court with a career-high 24 points and hauled in 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double in league play.
Kristy Kenney, the other senior honored before the game, made her first college start a good one with six points and three boards in 15 minutes.
NC State led comfortably 30-14 at halftime, but Clemson cut its deficit down to nine, 42-33, with 11 minutes remaining. However, Holston ran off 13 straight Wolfpack points to put the game out of reach with a 58-38 lead with under six minutes to play.
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 Feb 23.
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.
Pack 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 on Nov. 17.
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.
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 17.6 points per game, while Beal is averaging 11.5 ppg and Gartrell is chipping in 10.8 ppg.
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 15.2 turnovers per game. That figure ranks 29th nationally.
Wolfpack Upsets No. 17 Virginia At Hoops 4 Hope Game
NC 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 to help the Wolfpack beat No. 17 Virginia 60-54 in the emotional ``Hoops 4 Hope'' game on Feb. 15, 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 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.
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.
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.
Fields Top Scorer in a Decade
Senior Shayla Fields 17.6 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 35.0 minutes and has gone the distance four times so far.