Jan. 25, 2014
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ATLANTA – Fresh off its fourth win of the Atlantic Coast Conference season, the No. 23 NC State women’s basketball team (17-3, 4-2 ACC) returns to action Sunday afternoon to take on Georgia Tech.
Sunday’s game between the Wolfpack and Yellow Jackets is set to tip off at 2 p.m. Fans can watch the action live on ESPN3 or listen live to Patrick Kinas and Rachel Stockdale calling the game on WKNC 88.1 FM and GoPack All-Access.
Senior center Markeisha Gatling scored a career-high 27 points as the Wolfpack earned an 85-76 win over visiting Boston College Thursday night. NC State began the game on a 9-0 run and never once trailed throughout the entire 40 minutes.
A WIN ON SUNDAY WOULD...
SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS
-Be the 794th win in program history
-Be the 576th win of Wes Moore’s head coaching career
-Be the program’s 312th ACC win
-Be NC State’s fourth road win of the season (sixth game)
-Be NC State’s 42nd win over Georgia Tech (65th meeting)
-Be NC State’s 18th road win over Georgia Tech (31st game)
-Mark the 28th season in program history during which an NC State team has achieved at least 18 wins
-Mark the second time NC State has achieved back-to-back ACC wins this season
-Georgia Tech enters Sunday’s game the owner of a 13-6 record which includes a 3-3 mark in ACC play.
-Georgia Tech is currently receiving one vote in the AP top-25 poll.
-The Yellow Jackets have defeated Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Clemson while falling to Duke, Syracuse, and Maryland in league play.
-Georgia Tech boasts a top-20 offense which scores at a clip of 80.6 points per game.
-Tyaunna Marshall (18.8 ppg) and Kaela Davis (18.2 ppg) rank third and sixth, respectively, in the ACC for points per game.
-Georgia Tech is coached by MaChelle Joseph. She is in her 11th season at the helm of the program and has posted a career record of 206-128.
NC STATE - GEORGIA TECH SERIES HISTORY
-Sunday’s game marks the 65th all-time meeting between NC State and Georgia Tech.
-NC State holds a 41-23 advantage in the series, which has its roots in the 1979-80 season.
-NC State last defeated Georgia Tech on Jan. 27, 2013, in Atlanta.
-Georgia Tech has won eight of the last 10 games between the two programs.
NC State has a number of connections with Georgia Tech and the Atlanta area. Current assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Gene Hill came to Raleigh following five seasons with the Yellow Jackets. Also, freshman guard Miah Spencer (Decatur) and sophomore Dominique Wilson (Powder Springs) grew up within 25 miles of the area.
WOLFPACK FOR THREE
NC State has been very successful shooting from beyond the arc during the 2013-14 season. The Wolfpack averages 8.1 three-point field goals made per game, a mark which ranks 19th in the entire NCAA and first in the ACC.
On five separate occasions this season, State has made 10 or more three-point field goals in a single game. The Pack is on pace to break the best single-season mark in program history (205 made three-pointers) set during the 2011-12 season.
In the latest edition of Charlie Creme’s Bracketology projections on ESPN.com (Jan. 20), NC State was tabbed to earn a No. 5 seed and take on No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast in the opening round of the Stanford regional.
NC State never trailed during its win over Boston College on Jan. 23. The wire-to-wire victory over the Eagles was the ninth recorded by the Wolfpack during the 2013-14 season.
As of the most recent NCAA statistical rankings release (Jan. 24), NC State senior center Markeisha Gatling remains the holder of the best shooting percentage in the country at 69.1 percent from the field. She ranks nearly five percentage points ahead of the nearest shooter, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike (64.5 percent).
As a team, NC State’s mark of 46.7 percent from the field ranks 14th in the country and fifth in the ACC.
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 third in program history with 183 blocks, 10th all-time in program history with 746 career rebounds, 17th in career scoring with 1,407 points, and just outside of the program’s top 10 with 119 games played.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Senior center Markeisha Gatling has improved nearly every aspect of her game from last season. In 2013-14, the Raleigh native is scoring 7.5 more points per game, collecting 0.6 more rebounds per game, shooting 11.4 percent better from the field, and succeeding 4.9 percent more often from the free-throw line.
HOOPS 4 HOPE PRESENTED BY REX
The ninth annual Hoops 4 Hope game is quickly approaching at Reynolds Coliseum. NC State will host nationally-ranked North Carolina on Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and will see $5 from every ticket sold go directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
NC State has not once lost when taking a lead into halftime during the 2013-14 season. The Wolfpack is a perfect 16-0 in these games.