March 6, 2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 14 NC State women’s basketball team (24-6) opens play at the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in the quarterfinal round on Friday morning at noon. The Wolfpack will begin play at the tournament against Syracuse following the Orange’s victory over Clemson in Thursday’s second-round action.
Friday’s game will be broadcast live on WKNC 88.1 FM. Fans who are unable to travel to Greensboro can also catch the action live on ESPN3 and the following regional sports networks.
If the Pack defeats Syracuse on Friday, the team will play the winner of No. 2 Notre Dame and Florida State/Miami in the semifinal round Saturday at 5 p.m. (ESPNU).
Photo Gallery: Pack takes Thursday shootaround at Greensboro Coliseum.
A WIN ON FRIDAY WOULD...
-Be the 801st win in program history
-Be the 583rd win of Wes Moore’s head coaching career
-Improve the program’s ACC Tournament record to 44-32
-Mark the ninth season in program history during which an NC State team has achieved at least 25 wins
-Mark the fifth straight season during which NC State has recorded at least one win in the conference tournament.
SCOUTING THE ORANGE
-Syracuse enters Friday’s game the owner of a 22-8 record.
-The Orange most recently defeated Clemson (63-53) Thursday in the second round of the ACC Tournament.
-Syracuse is currently receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today top-25 polls.
-The Orange is currently on a five-game winning streak which began on Feb. 13 against Florida State.
NC STATE - SYRACUSE SERIES HISTORY
-Friday’s game will mark just the fourth all-time meeting between NC State and Syracuse.
-The Wolfpack has never lost to the Orange.
-The teams last met on Jan. 5 of this season to open conference play. NC State came back from a nine-point second-half deficit to earn its eighth straight victory.
ESPNW’S CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
On March 4, Wes Moore was named ESPNW’s ACC Coach of the Year. In his first season with the Pack, Moore’s achievements include but are not limited to:
-Nine straight weeks in the AP and USA Today top-25 polls.
-First AP top-10 ranking since 2001.
-A 21-3 start to the season, the best such beginning since 1981-82.
-Ten wins over top-100 RPI teams.
-14 wins in 16 home games.
-A double bye in the ACC Tournament.
-Two All-ACC selections (Gatling and Burke).
FIRST AND SECOND TEAM ALL-ACC
Also on March 4, NC State earned two spots on the 2014 All-ACC teams. Senior Markeisha Gatling earned first team honors while teammate and fellow senior Kody Burke was named to the second team. NC State was one of just three ACC schools (Notre Dame and Georgia Tech) to land one student-athlete on both the first and second teams.
Gatling is the first Wolfpacker to earn All-ACC first team honors since Khadijah Whittington in 2008.
Part of State’s success this season has been a result of halftime adjustments made by head coach Wes Moore. In the time from the beginning of the second half to the first media stoppage of the same stanza, the Pack is outscoring its opponents 269-197.
STEPPING IN AS A STARTER
Called into a more prominent role on the team due to a teammate’s injury, freshman Miah Spencer has excelled. Over the course of the last three games, the Decatur, Ga., native has averaged 16.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. In these three games, she has shot 60.7 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range.
In five conference games this season, NC State has battled back from a 9+ point deficit to earn a victory.
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 193 blocks, 10th all-time in program history with 803 career rebounds, 12th in career scoring with 1,557 points, and tied for fifth with 129 games played.
Burke will claim sole possession of 11th place on the NC State scoring list upon reaching 1,570 points and 10th at 1,622.
THE ELITE 800 CLUB
With the win at Pittsburgh on Feb. 27, NC State became just the 29th women’s basketball program in NCAA Division I history to achieve 800 all-time wins.