Women's Basketball Set to Begin Its Preseason with Premier Players
Nov. 3, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. -
NC State begins its 2002-03 slate with two exhibition games. The first will pit the Wolfpack against the Premier Players, a group organized by the All Star Girls Report, Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. The second preseason game will see the Basketball Travelers enter Reynolds Coliseum, on Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Sophomore guard Rachel Stockdale will not play in either of the exhibition games as she rests her right knee. During preseason, the three-point specialist had her knee scoped and is gradually working her way back into playing 100 percent. Freshman Jennifer Filipowski is also sidelined after she too had right knee surgery. She is also day-to-day.
Teasley Added to Premier Players
Former North Carolina standout Nikki Teasley was added to the roster for the Premier Players for the triangle circuit. She will play against NC State and Duke and did play against her alma mater in yesterday's game in Chapel Hill. She finished with10 points, two assists and two steals.
NC State Notes
The 2002-03 team features an experienced lineup, which is led by six returning starters. Among those is redshirt-junior Terah James. James is welcomed back after missing 59 consecutive games after back-to-back ACL surgeries. Starting seniors, Carisse Moody and Amy Simpson return as well. Moody finished last season with averages of 10.6 ppg and 4.8 rpg, which led to an honorable mention All-ACC nod. Simpson finished her junior year with averages of 8.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, nearly one assist per game and tallied 32 steals. Redshirt-junior Kaayla Chones returns after garnering two ACC honors last year, including second team All-ACC and second team ACC Tournament. She led the team in scoring with 12.3 ppg and rebounds with 7.0 pg. Junior Nanna Rivers, a true guard who led the Pack at point last season, returns. She finished with 5.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 4.1 apg. Sophomore Rachel Stockdale made a significant impact last season with an average of 7.2 ppg, while starting 16 of 29 games. She was named to the ACC All-Freshmen team. Also, Coach Yow returns senior Amelia Labador, junior Adeola Olanrewaju and sophomores Liz Bailey and Kendra Bell. Junior transfer, Alvine Mendeng (Kentucky), was the only player on her UK squad to start every game. She will play with the Pack following the first semester. The Pack welcomes two freshmen to the team in Jennifer Filipowski and Billie McDowell. Flipowski led her Wake Forest-Roseville squad to three section runner-up titles and one section championship title. McDowell earned several honors in her prep career at Lumberton High School, including the North Carolina 4-A state championship. She was named co-state Player of the Year, Region Player of the Year, Conference Player of the Year, All-State, All-County and All-Region. Sophomore transfer Monica Pope arrives after one year at Furman and will sit out the entire 2002-03 season to fulfill transfer requirements. Chones, James and Rivers will be the tri-captains this season.
The Premier Players
Heading into tonight's game, the PP have two victorious contests under their belts. The group contested the Tar Heels of North Carolina on Sunday. The Tar Heels earned their first victory of the season with a 87-74 score line. Candacae Sutton led the way for UNC with 20 points and eight rebounds. For the Premier Players, another former UNC standout in Juana Brown came through for 17 points, four rebounds and four steals. The first game was held at the University of South Florida, where the the Bulls lost by one point. Leading the way for the "Players" was La'Keshia Frett, who finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Tynesha Lewis tallied 12 points and five rebounds to go with a 3-3 performance from the line. The team will then make its way to Duke on Tuesday, Nov. 5. In total, the PP will play 15 games in eight different states.
Winning Exhibition Games with 100 Please
Last year, the Wolfpack women won both of their exhibition games with scores of 100 plus. On Nov. 5, versus the Perik Jumpers, the women tallied 104 to their 63. Kaayla Chones dominated as she went 11-23 from the floor and 5-5 from the line for 27 points and finished with 17 rebounds, her first double-double of the year. Carisse Moody was next in line with 18 points and four boards. The second exhibition also resulted in a 100 plus score as the Pack held the Remus Sport Exhaust's to just 59 total points, just one more than the Wolfpack scored in the second half. Rachel Stockdale and Moody led the squad with 19 a piece. Stockdale was 4-5 from behind the arc and 3-3 at the charity stripe.
NC State's head coach, Kay Yow, was honored during half-time of the NC State football game versus Georgia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 2. She was given a photo of her enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame, signed by every athletic department employee. In addition, she was named an Honoray Alumnus by the North Carolina State University Alumni Association.
In Case You Haven't Heard
With Coach Yow's induction into the Hall of Fame, NC State becomes just the second NCAA school in history to have both a men's and women's basketball coach in the Hall. Yow joins Everett Case, who was NC State's head coach from 1946-65 and finished with a record of 377-134. He was enshrined on May 3, 1982. UCLA was the first school to be recognized in such a way. Both the legendary John Wooden and Billie Moore are in the Hall.