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    Pack Begins NCAA Tournament Journey Saturday vs. BYU
    Wes Moore
    Wes Moore

    March 21, 2014

    Game 33 - BYU | Gametracker | Pack on Twitter | NCAA Tourney Central

    LOS ANGELES - The No. 16 NC State women's basketball team (25-7) begins its 22nd trip to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday evening against BYU. Picked as a five seed in the Lincoln Regional, the Wolfpack will take on the 12th-seeded Cougars at 6:30 p.m. EST from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with Dave Pasch and Doris Burke on the call.  

    In addition to the ESPN2 broadcast, Wolfpack fans can also catch the game on ESPN3 (if outside of Raleigh market) or on WKNC 88.1 FM. Patrick Kinas and Rachel Stockdale will call the action on the radio airwaves.

    -Be the 802nd win in program history
    -Be the 584th win of Wes Moore's head coaching career
    -Be NC State's 20th win in NCAA Tournament play
    -Mark the fifth season in program history during which an NC State team has achieved at least 26 wins
    -Be NC State's second win over BYU (third meeting)

    -Brigham Young enters Saturday's contest the owner of a 26-6 record which includes a 14-4 mark in West Coast Conference play.
    -The Cougars are currently receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today top-25 polls.
    -BYU made it to the final of the 2014 WCC Tournament before falling to Gonzaga, 71-57.
    -The Cougars rank seventh in the country in blocked shots per game, averaging six each contest.
    -BYU's Jennifer Hamson is the team's leading scorer (18.3 ppg) and rebounder (11.2 rpg). She ranks 14th in the country with 20 double-doubles.
    -The Cougars are coached by Jeff Judkins, who will be leading the team to its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance under his guidance.



    -Saturday's game will mark just the third all-time meeting between NC State and BYU.
    -The all-time series is tied 1-1.
    -The teams last met in Provo, Utah, on Dec. 21, 2005. NC State came away with a 67-65 victory.

    NC State senior center Markeisha Gatling is having an incred­ibly accurate 2013-14 season. The Raleigh native's shooting percentage of 67.6 percent has not only ranked first in the NCAA since Dec. 22, 2013, but it is also the single most accurate season in NC State program history and the 20th most accurate season in the history of NCAA women's basketball.

    With the win at Pittsburgh on Feb. 27, NC State became just the 29th women's basketball program in NCAA Division I his­tory to achieve 800 all-time wins.

    On March 4, Wes Moore was named ESPNW's ACC Coach of the Year. Then on March 19, he was named one of four finalists for the Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year. In his first season with the Pack, Moore's achievements include but are not limited to:

    -Eleven straight weeks in the AP and USA Today top-25 polls.
    -First AP top-10 ranking since 2001.
    -25 wins
    -A 21-3 start to the season, the best such beginning since 1981-82.
    -Ten wins over top-100 RPI teams.
    -14 wins in 16 home games.
    -A double bye in the ACC Tournament.
    -A five seed in the NCAA Tournament.
    -Two All-ACC selections (Gatling and Burke).

    Saturday's game vs. BYU at Pauley Pavilion will serve as a homecoming of sorts for senior forward Kody Burke. The three-time Academic All-American is a native of nearby Northridge.

    In six games this season since Jan. 5, NC State has battled back from a 9+ point deficit to earn a victory.

    Part of State's success this season has been a result of halftime adjustments made by head coach Wes Moore. In the time from the beginning of the second half to the first media stoppage of the same stanza, the Pack is outscoring its opponents 280-213.

    Currently in his 25th season as a head coach, Wes Moore's teams have won 20+ games 21 times. When NC State earned its 25th win of the season on March 7, this marked the 11th time in Moore's head coaching career when one of his teams has achieved 25 wins or more.


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