Nov. 28, 2013
Game Seven - Wright State | Purchase Video Access to Tournament Games
ESTERO, Fla. – The NC State women’s basketball team takes its perfect 6-0 record on the road for the first time this season, opening play Friday afternoon against the Wright State Raiders in the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase. Tip-off between the Wolfpack and Raiders is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. inside Germain Arena.
Friday’s game will be broadcast live on WKNC 88.1 FM. Patrick Kinas will be on the call alongside former Wolfpack women’s basketball player Rachel Stockdale, who will be providing color commentary. Fans may also purchase a pass to watch a video stream of the tournament’s games here.
Following Friday’s game against Wright State, NC State will play either the winner or the loser of the Middle Tennessee State/Southeastern Louisiana game. The Wolfpack will tip off on Saturday at 6 p.m. if it wins the tournament-opener or at noon if it loses the tournament-opener.
A WIN ON FRIDAY WOULD...
-Be the 783rd win in program history
-Be the 565th win of Wes Moore’s head coaching career
-Be NC State’s first win over Wright State (first meeting)
-Be NC State’s first win away from home this season (first game)
-Mark the first time State has started a season 7-0 since the 1999-2000 team won its first 14 games
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
NC STATE - WRIGHT STATE SERIES HISTORY
-Wright State enters Friday’s contest the owner of a 5-1 record.
-The Raiders are averaging 84.5 points per game and +14.0 turnover margin.
-Kim Dennings and Ivory James are leading the team offensively this season, scoring 22.2 and 21.7 points per game, respectively.
-In four of the Raiders’ six games this season, the team has scored 90 points or more.
-Wright State is coached by Mike Bradbury, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the program. In his four years, Bradbury has led the team to a 58-45 record.
Thursday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between NC State and Wright State in NCAA Division I competition.
Despite playing 13.6 percent fewer minutes per game in 2013-14 compared to 2012-13 (20.3 vs. 23.5), senior forward Markeisha Gatling is scoring 28.1 percent more points per game (12.3 vs. 9.6).
(ALMOST) ALWAYS IN FRONT
Through 240 minutes of basketball (14,400 seconds) in the 2013-14 season, NC State has trailed for only 24 seconds. The Wolfpack has outscored its opponents 473-308 through the first six games of the season.
JUDICIOUS IN POSSESSION
Junior point guard Len’Nique Brown has been very judicious in possession this season. Through the first six games of the year, she has dished out a team high 25 assists while committing just eight turnovers.
MARGIN OF VICTORY
NC State has won its first six games of the season by an average margin of 27.5 points. The Pack’s largest win came over Morgan State (42 points) and its closest victory was against Tulane (14 points).
BURKE’S BIG WEEK
Senior forward Kody Burke scored a combined 47 points and pulled down 18 rebounds during State’s recent wins over Morgan State and Tulane. Burke shot 17-26 (65.4 percent) from the field and went 10-11 (90.9 percent) from the free-throw line in these games. For her efforts, she was honored as the CollegeSportsMadness ACC Player of the Week on Nov. 25.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE REYNOLDS
Since the program’s first season in 1974-75, Reynolds Coliseum has served as a fortress for NC State. The Wolfpack has posted a home record of 409-121 (.772) in 39+ seasons in the historic facility.
Through the first six games of the 2013-14 season, NC State has nine student-athletes who are averaging at least 5.0 points per game. Two of them (Markeisha Gatling and Kody Burke) are averaging 8.0 points or more each outing.
NC State’s bench outscored its Davidson counterpart by a 35-7 margin Nov. 26. Factoring in the five other games of the season, the Wolfpack bench has outscored opposing reserves by a 192-70 margin to begin 2013-14.