Nov. 19, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. - When it comes to women’s basketball at NC State, Andrea Stinson takes her place as one of the top three stalwarts in the program’s storied history.
The first two – former coach Kay Yow and star performer Genia Beasley – were original inductees into the NC State Hall of Athletic Fame in 2012.
Stinson, the program’s only two-time Kodak All-America player in 1990 and ’91, is a member of the 2013 Hall of Fame class which will be inducted Nov. 22 in Reynolds Coliseum.
“I am really excited about it,” she noted. “When Debbie Yow called, I just didn’t know what to say. Now, I’ve got to think about what I will wear!”
A graduate of Charlotte’s North Mecklenburg High School, Stinson led the Wolfpack women in scoring with a 22.7 career average. She also posted the highest scoring average in a single season at 23.6.
Stinson was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons and was unanimously the ACC player of the year in 1990. She was an ACC All-Tournament selection in 1989 and 90 and was named the most valuable player in the 1990 tourney. In addition, she was an NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament selection in 1989 and ’90.
Stinson is one of four NC State players to score 2,000 point or more and ranks third in program history with 2,136 points.
The former North Mecklenburg whiz helped lead the Pack to the 1990 regular-season ACC championship and 1991 tournament title. The Pack appeared in three straight NCAA tournaments during her sophomore, junior and senior campaigns.
Her jersey is one of seven honored to date in State’s history and she is a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary team. She is also a Top 50 ACC female athlete.
Besides playing for two USA National Select squads and participating in the 1991 Pan American Games, Stinson received an invitation to participate in the US Olympic tryouts prior to an intensive six-year career in European basketball after graduation.
She then played nine seasons of professional ball for the WNBA’s Charlotte Sting and was the first player in franchise history to have her jersey retired.
The Pack guard, who according to former alumns could hold her own on any men’s court, also owns the State women’s single game record of 50 points and most points in a single season of 752.
“I played with boys in the neighborhood when I was young,” she remembered. “I played with boys in rec and AAU ball. There weren’t many girls. I played with girls in middle school and high school.”
According to Stinson, she “enjoyed every minute” of her participation in whatever venue she could play.
She credits her middle school coach – Flora Jean Craig -- for teaching her the basic fundamentals of the game. “She taught me every position and all about the game of basketball.
“I went to AAU camps and loved playing the creative game.”
After middle school, Stinson played three years of varsity high school basketball. Coach Craig was well acquainted with State’s coach, Kay Yow, who along with her assistants intensely scouted Stinson during her prep career at North Mecklenburg and in AAU ball.
Answering Yow’s call to join the women’s program at NC State, Stinson said her life as a student-athlete took “a 360 degree turn” when she arrived in Raleigh as a freshman. She had to master time management techniques in order to keep her grades up as well as master basketball skills.
Her fondest memory of coach Yow came when the State coach took time out of her many duties to attend a special day in Stinson’s honor in Cornelius, N.C., in 1987. “That put me over the top as going to NC State,” she noted.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my career and I wouldn’t change a thing,” she says.
The former All-America performer is now coaching high school girls’ basketball at Newton-Conover High after previously working in a variety of positions at the school.
Her challenge is now grooming young girls into good citizens and some into future college stars.
“The game hasn’t changed any, but it’s difficult to find players with the proper commitment to enhance their abilities,” she noted. “Where is the intensity of these players -- intensity like I had?” she asks.
“You have to work at this game every time the ball is bounced. I was there in the gym sometimes working by myself. That is where players are made. Some of the younger ones today don’t want to listen.”
Stinson is hoping her players of next fall are indeed heeding her call. She is looking forward to her first year in coaching.
By George Cox