Nov. 6, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Following a 34-point victory over exhibition foe Winston-Salem State, the NC State women’s basketball team prepares to officially open the 2013-14 season on Friday night at home against St. Bonaventure. The Wolfpack and Bonnies will tip off from Reynolds Coliseum beginning at 6 p.m.
Post Game Note
Fans are encouraged to stay in their seats following the final whistle, as head coach Wes Moore’s postgame radio interview will be broadcast throughout the arena approximately 10 minutes following the conclusion of the game.
A WIN ON FRIDAY WOULD...
-Be the 777th win in program history
-Be the 559th win of Wes Moore’s head coaching career
-Be NC State’s second straight win over St. Bonaventure
-Be NC State’s second all-time win over St. Bonaventure (second meeting)
SCOUTING THE BONNIES
NC STATE - ST. BONAVENTURE SERIES HISTORY
-St. Bonaventure enters the 2013-14 season after posting a 10-19 mark (3-11 in the Atlantic 10) last season
-The Bonnies return two starters and seven letterwinners from last season’s team
-The Bonnies were selected to finish ninth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll
-St. Bonaventure is coached by Jim Crowley, who is in his 14th season at the helm of the Bonnies’ program. He has posted a career record of 195-197 at St. Bonaventure
-Friday’s game will mark just the second all-time meeting between NC State and St. Bonaventure
-NC State holds a 1-0 record in the series
-The teams last met on Dec. 30 of the 2012-13 season in St. Bonaventure, with the Wolfpack coming away a 70-66 winner
LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
Junior point guard Len’Nique Brown played an outstanding game against Winston-Salem State on Nov. 3. The native of San Antonio, Texas, scored nine points, dished out a team-high seven assists, grabbed five rebounds, and tied for a team high with two steals.
State used a balanced effort to win its exhibition game against Winston-Salem State on Nov. 3. The Wolfpack used all 13 available players in the victory, with 11 of them playing at least 10 minutes. Junior point guard Len’Nique Brown played the most minutes in the game at 27.
Thirty-five of NC State’s 80 points in the game were scored by non-starters. The Wolfpack bench outscored its WSSU counterpart by 21 points.
POINTS IN THE PAINT
During the exhibition win over the Rams, NC State scored nearly as many points in the paint (38) as WSSU scored in the game (46).
NC State took great advantage of its opportunities at the free-throw line against Winston-Salem State on Nov. 3, connecting on 22 of a possible 25 free throws (88 percent).
The 2013-14 season will be the 40th in the history of the NC State women’s basketball program. It will be the program’s 37th season competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Kody Burke’s next game with the Wolfpack will serve as the 100th of her career. She leads the active roster in games played for NC State.
WES IS M(O)ORE
Head coach Wes Moore owns a 558-169 (.768) career coaching record. He is among the top 10 winningest active NCAA Division I women’s basketball head coaches. Moore won 12 Southern Conference regular-season titles in 15 years at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga from 1999 to 2013.
GOT THEIR NUMBER
During his time as a head coach at UTC, Wes Moore competed against 17 schools five or more times. He achieved a winning record against 15 of them.
NC State has six seniors on its roster in 2013-14, the most since the 2006-07 club which made the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.
BURKE IS BACK
Kody Burke returns as a two-time Academic All-America selection. She has scored 1,103 points in her career and begins her senior season with 164 blocks - 40 more will give her the NC State career record, passing Genia Beasley’s 203 from 1977-80.
Burke will enter the program’s top 10 career rebounding list upon collecting 113 rebounds this season. She could potentially crack the top eight if she collects a career-high 272.
Senior forward Markeisha Gatling averaged a team-leading 13.8 points and 8.5 rebounds over the final six games of the 2012-13 season. She will be a key figure in the post again for the Wolfpack in 2013-14. Gatling shot .577 from the floor last season, the second-best mark in the ACC.
Four Atlantic Coast Conference teams were ranked in the top 11 of the preseason 2013-14 USA Today Top 25 on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Duke (No. 2), Maryland (No. 6), Notre Dame (No. 7), and North Carolina (No. 11) were all ranked in the top 11 while Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Syracuse all received votes in the rankings.
LSU, who NC State will host on Dec. 20 of the 2013-14 season, was picked 17th in the rankings.
STATE PICKED TENTH
NC State was selected to finish 10th of 15 teams in the ACC this season, according to the league’s preseason poll released on Oct. 23. The Wolfpack was selected ahead of Boston College, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Pittsburgh. Duke was selected as the preseason favorite with 39 first-place votes while ACC newcomer Notre Dame was picked second with 14 first-place votes.
The Wolfpack will play six straight games at Reynolds Coliseum to open the 2013-14 season. NC State won’t play a true road game until its Dec. 5 contest at Northwestern.