Jan. 29, 2014
Game 22 - No. 8 Maryland | ESPN3 | Gametracker | Pack on Twitter
RALEIGH, N.C. – Currently sitting fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an 18-3 (5-2 ACC) record, the No. 18 NC State women’s basketball team returns to action Thursday evening at home against No. 8 Maryland. Tip-off between the Wolfpack and Terrapins is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Kay Yow Court within Reynolds Coliseum.
Thursday’s meeting will serve as the last regular-season ACC contest between the two programs before Maryland leaves the conference in the summer.
In addition to ESPN3 coverage, fans who are unable to attend the game at Reynolds Coliseum can catch the action live on WKNC 88.1 FM (and via GoPack All-Access) with Patrick Kinas and Rachel Stockdale calling the action.
Junior Len'Nique Brown played a veteran road game (17 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast) in Sunday's win at Georgia Tech.
A WIN ON THURSDAY WOULD...
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
-Be the 795th win in program history
-Be the 577th win of Wes Moore’s head coaching career
-Be the program’s 313th ACC win
-Be NC State’s 12th home win of the season (12th game)
-Be NC State’s 42nd win over Maryland (78th meeting)
-Be NC State’s 22nd home win over Maryland (29th game)
-Mark the 26th season in program history during which an NC State team has achieved at least 19 wins
-Maryland enters Thursday’s game the owner of a 16-3 record which includes a 4-2 mark in ACC play.
-The Terrapins began league play 4-0 before dropping two straight games to Virginia and Notre Dame.
-Maryland is led by Alyssa Thomas (18.8 ppg, 11.2 rpg) and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (10.9 ppg). Thomas ranks third in the NCAA and first in the ACC this season with 16 double-doubles. She is also the national leader with two triple-doubles.
-The Terrapins have the fifth best scoring margin in the country, scoring an average of 24.7 more points per game than their opponents.
-Maryland has the third best rebounding margin in the country, pulling down 12.9 more rebounds per game than its opponents.
-The Terrapins boast the eighth highest scoring offense in the NCAA at 84.8 points per game.
-Maryland won the 2006 National Championship.
-Maryland is coached by Brenda Freese. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native is in her 12th season in charge of the program and has posted a career head coaching record of 351-127.
NC STATE - MARYLAND SERIES HISTORY
-Thursday’s game will serve as the 78th all-time meeting between NC State and Maryland.
-NC State holds a 41-36 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1975-76 season.
-Maryland has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the programs.
-NC State’s last win over Maryland came on Jan. 7, 2010, in Raleigh.
All five of NC State’s starters (Brown, Goodwin-Coleman, Barrett, Burke, and Gatling) scored in double figures during the win at Georgia Tech. This marked the first time all five starters had scored 10+ points in a single game this season and the first time it had been accomplished since Dec. 9, 2012, in a win over Elon.
THERE’S NO “I” IN TEAM
On 588 made field goals in 2013-14, NC State has provided 404 assists (69 percent) while allowing just 229 assists on 469 made field goals (49 percent) by its opponents.
DEADLY FROM DISTANCE
Averaging 2.86 made three-point field goals per game, senior shooting guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman ranks third in the ACC and 24th in the nation. MGC has made at least two three-pointers in 18 of 21 games this season and at least four on seven occasions.
As of games played Jan. 26, NC State’s RPI checked in at 14th in the country. Nine of NC State’s wins have come against teams ranked in the top 100.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE REYNOLDS COLISEUM
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 414-121 (.774) in 39+ seasons at the historic facility.
As of the most recent NCAA statistical rankings release (Jan. 27), 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 5.1 percent ahead of the nearest shooter, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike (64 percent).
As a team, NC State’s mark of 46.9 percent from the field ranks 11th in the country and fifth in the ACC.
INCREDIBLE BALL MOVEMENT
NC State has been moving the ball very well this season. The Wolfpack averages 19.2 assists per game, a mark which ranks seventh in the country and third in the ACC as of the most recent (Jan. 27) NCAA statistics release.
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 23rd 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. 27), NC State was tabbed to earn a No. 5 seed and take on No. 12 Chattanooga in the opening round of the Louisville regional.