REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State will hold its annual Senior Night, and while there’s only one player to be honored she’s going to be a very hard one to replace.
It’s a huge game for both teams’ post-season chances. State (13-15, 5-11) has run out of room for error if it’s hoping for at least a return to the WNIT. And Virginia (15-12, 7-9), coached by Duke alumna Joanne Boyle, has some work to do if it’s hoping to get back into the NCAA bracketology. Virginia had won the first meeting 78-59 on Jan. 13 in Charlottesville.
State will again have the services of junior guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman, who served a one-game team disciplinary suspension for Sunday’s contest at UNC.
This time it all goes according to the mega-happy script for the Wolfpack, as Kastanek eclipses the 1,600 point barrier in an 80-59 romp.
Indeed, after being sat down and only playing 16 minutes against Virginia Tech on Feb. 16, Purvis played a season-low 12 minutes against Florida State and only 20 minutes last Saturday in Chapel Hill. He hadn’t scored double-digits points for five straight games, since the Miami loss on Feb. 2.
Asked how Purvis reacted to his diminished playing time, Wolfpack Head Coach Mark Gottfried drew an analogy for the gathered sports media.
“It would be the same if they said you were going to go cover junior high soccer from now on,” Gottfried cracked. “You’d probably be down in the dumps for a little bit.”
Purvis catapulted out of the dumps Wednesday night against Boston College. Although again not in the starting lineup, the freshman scored a career-high 21 points to the lead N.C. State past the Eagles 82-64 for the Wolfpack’s 20th win this season. Purvis’ 21 points supplants his previous best of 19, also scored against Boston College on January 5.
FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS (TV)—Players switch teams all the time in hockey. Free agents put themselves on the open market in droves every summer. Teams toss prospects over the fence in exchange for draft picks. At the trading deadline (on April 3, this year) it’s not uncommon for a player to change cities and then play his old team within a week. It’s the business, players say.
Hopefully Staal’s reunion goes better than Semin’s.
Semin was booed every time he touched the puck on Tuesday at the Verizon Center. The Caps’ Troy Brouwer had fired up the negativity by dissing Semin’s work ethic to reporters on Monday.
“Some nights you didn't even know if he was going to come to the rink,” Brouwer griped. “It's tough to play alongside guys like those because you don't know what you're going to get out of them.”
Well, Semin is the fifth-leading scorer in Caps franchise history. But certainly, Brouwer’s 50-goal seasons must be imminent.
The negative vibes didn’t appear to affect Semin’s game much, but Braden Holtby, the Caps’ netminder, did. Holtby’s 33 saves kept the scoresheet clean. The Russian finished with four shots on goal, two misses and a -1. One of those shots was a shorthanded breakaway when the game was still scoreless, but Holtby parried Semin’s wrist shot with his glove. The Verizon Center crowd would have made an interesting noise had that shot gone in.
The ACC has announced its 2013 football schedule, including a total of 22 home games at the three schools in the Triangle.
State will host UNC at Carter-Finley Stadium on Nov. 2, while the Tar Heels will entertain Duke at Kenan Stadium in the battle for the Victory Bell in their season finale on Nov. 30.
And East Carolina will visit the Triangle twice, visiting the Tar Heels on Sept. 28 and the Wolfpack on Nov. 23.
The RailHawks faced a split Vancouver squad that nevertheless included Camilo, last season’s points leader, touted rookie Erik Hurtado and English Premier League veteran Nigel Reo-Coker, who played the opening half to make his Whitecaps debut. Also seeing time for former RailHawks manager Martin Rennie were ex-RailHawks Brad Knighton, Matt Watson and Marques Davidson.
The Whitecaps came out the aggressors for the 3,253 partisans christening the newly expanded WakeMed Soccer Park. After a couple of early saves by RailHawks’ goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald, a Floyd Franks giveaway in the backfield led to Whitecaps’ forward Corey Hertzog—who scored 17 goals last year for the Wilmington Hammerheads—being taken down from behind in the box by Ciaran O’Brien in the 8th minute. Camilo stepped to the spot and hammered home his PK for the early lead.
"It's February now; I'm not a freshman anymore.”
“Every once in a while he goes to being a freshman.”
-Mike Krzyzewski on Rasheed Sulaimon
Sunday seemed like family day at Cameron, packed with a crowd both younger and older than usual, grandparents and grandkids skipping their naps for the 2 p.m. start. They say that most teams get a six-to-eight point edge at home, but against Boston College at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the advantage looked like six to eight months.
Duke freshman Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson aged up, racking up 41 points between them, while BC’s kids were kids again, ditching turnovers across the court like unloved toys.
And in the big picture, this one may mean more to the Wolfpack (13-14, 5-10 ACC).
It’s UNC’s annual home Play 4Kay game, in memory of the late Wolfpack coach Kay Yow and to raise awareness of breast cancer. The No. 16 Tar Heels (24-4, 12-3 ACC) are all decked out in pink, but except for the shoes on walk-on Kaley Moser there is no pink on Wolfpack players who are in their standard home whites with red trim. State’s bench personnel are generally wearing some pink.
The Wolfpack, which needs every win it can get to earn a post-season berth, will play today without junior guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman who is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Today the Wolfpack fights gamely in the underdog role, but the Tar Heels finish strong in a 68-58 victory.
The Tar Heels entered this afternoon’s contest locked in an ACC tie with their upstart rival, and they survived a poor second half stretch to throttle the Wolfpack during the closing minutes and soar to a 76-65 win.
State easily established superiority inside. The Pack out-rebounded Carolina 43-34, and forward Richard Howell accumulated 17 himself. UNC’s recent improvement owes to Roy Williams’ shift toward a small lineup, and State made the Tar Heels pay both on the backboards and occasionally while exploiting physical mismatches offensively.
But the “occasionally” proved fatal. UNC’s ball pressure forced 17 Wolfpack turnovers, and C.J. Leslie — despite multiple opportunities to score against a far smaller P.J. Hairston — amassed only six points while also committing six turnovers. What should have been an overall trade-off resulted in a decisive advantage for the Heels, which scored 24 points off turnovers compared with just eight for State.
Junior Reggie Bullock provided leadership and toughness for Carolina. He scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds, an abnormally high number for a wing player and one that at least partially offset State’s advantage on the glass. Freshman Marcus Paige, after a disastrous showing in Raleigh, pieced together 14 points and eight assists with no turnovers while knocking in several critical second half shots.
For the Pack, Scott Wood led the team with 19 points and 5-for-12 on threes, at times providing the club its only reliable halfcourt offense. Lorenzo Brown didn’t dominate Paige but did notch 12 points, 12 assist and five rebounds, so critics shouldn’t direct much blame his way.
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM The rest of the season starts for Duke tonight.
Tonight’s opponent is No. 19 Florida State (20-5, 10-4), which is coming off an attention-grabbing 80-73 win over visiting UNC on Sunday.
Juniors Richa Jackson and Tricia Liston will start on the wings for Duke tonight.
The Blue Devils struggle early but come up with a huge second-half run, escaping with a 61-50 victory.
But amid the prime rib and creamed spinach, there were morsels of actual business spoon-fed from the dais. Joining Carolina President Curt Johnson and Head Coach Colin Clarke were two former RailHawks and current Whitecaps, Brad Knighton and the always-affable Matt Watson. Vancouver faces the Chicago Fire in another friendly Saturday evening in Charleston, S.C. So, the Whitecaps will again send a split squad to face the RailHawks, as was the case last year.
Johnson officially announced the upcoming March 20 international friendly between the RailHawks and UNAM Pumas at WakeMed Soccer Park. He also revealed a new Adidas blue RailHawks kit that will be worn during Sunday’s friendly.